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Fall Auto Tune-Ups Prolong the Life of Your Vehicle

Whether you drive a vehicle that’s new off the lot or one that’s old enough to be an antique, you want your car to last a long time. A fall tune-up helps you achieve your goal. It also helps maximize fuel efficiency, prevents expensive repairs and ensures your vehicle runs properly all winter.  Below  are the essentials.

Check the Brakes

Your mechanic should inspect the brakes for wear and ensure the brake lights on your vehicle work properly.

Change the Oil

Your vehicle’s engine requires engine oil to operate smoothly. Top off the oil this fall or invest in a complete oil change, especially if you’ve driven 15,000 miles since your last oil change.

Check the Battery

Wipe off the terminals and make sure the battery is attached correctly. If your battery is older than four years, replace it so that you’re not left stranded.

Inspect Hoses

Soft, leaky or loose hoses seem like a small detail, but they’re important for proper engine performance. Inspect all your engine’s hoses to make sure they’re attached properly and replace any that aren’t in good working order.

Top Off Fluids

Low transmission fluid and coolant affect your vehicle’s performance and could damage the engine. Top off these fluids this fall. You’ll also want to fill your windshield washer fluid and the antifreeze reservoir.

Inflate the Tires

You’ll experience a smoother ride and enjoy increased traction when you inflate your tires to their proper level.

Update Your Insurance

Now that your car is tuned up, take the the time to review and update your auto insurance, too. Make sure you have adequate coverage to handle any repairs or liability that may occur during a winter storm or after an accident. As always, Tracy-Driscoll is here for you. Give us a call at 860-5893434 today!