How to Maintain Your Car in the Changing Seasons: A Guide from Steven Johnson Cars

Soon the vibrant hues of summer give way to the golden tones of autumn, it’s crucial to ensure that your vehicle is ready to face the changes that come with the transition of seasons. At Steven Johnson Cars, we understand the importance of maintaining your vehicle to ensure safety, efficiency, and longevity. This guide provides essential tips for keeping your car in top condition as we move from the warmer months into the cooler ones, specifically tailored for our South African climate.

1. Check Your Tires

Tires are the foundation of your vehicle’s safety and performance. With the change of seasons, it’s vital to check your tire pressure regularly. Cooler temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, affecting your car’s handling and fuel efficiency. Additionally, inspect your tires for tread wear. As rainy days become more frequent, a good tread depth is crucial for preventing hydroplaning.

2. Battery Check-Up

Temperature fluctuations can take a toll on your car’s battery. The start of a new season is the perfect time to check your battery’s health. At Steven Johnson Cars, we recommend having your battery tested to ensure it holds a charge properly, especially as we approach cooler months when engines require more power to start.

3. Fluid Levels and Oil Change

Regularly checking fluid levels, including brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant, is essential for your car’s health. An oil change is also recommended when transitioning seasons. Fresh oil ensures your engine runs smoothly, and considering a slightly thicker oil can be beneficial as temperatures drop, ensuring better lubrication and engine protection.

4. Brake Inspection

Your vehicle’s braking system is paramount, especially on wet or slippery roads. An inspection of your brakes, including pads, discs, and brake fluid, can prevent potential problems. If you hear any unusual noises or experience a change in braking efficiency, it’s time for a check-up.

5. Air Conditioning and Heating Systems

As we say goodbye to summer, it’s easy to forget about air conditioning. However, ensuring your AC system is free from leaks and filled with refrigerant will save you from surprises when summer rolls around again. Similarly, testing your heating system before the chill sets in will ensure you stay warm on those cold morning drives.

6. Exterior and Interior Care

Transitioning seasons is an excellent opportunity to give your car a comprehensive clean, both inside and out. Washing and waxing the exterior protects the paint against moisture and rust. Cleaning the interior, including changing air filters, can improve air quality and prevent allergies – making your driving experience more pleasant and healthier.

7. Lights and Wipers Check

Shorter days mean you’ll likely use your lights and wipers more frequently. Check that all your lights are working correctly and replace any burnt-out bulbs. Wiper blades that are cracked or worn can severely reduce visibility during rain, so replacing them if necessary is a must.

At Steven Johnson Cars, we’re committed to helping you enjoy a seamless driving experience throughout the year. By following these seasonal maintenance tips, you can ensure your new and used vehicle remains reliable, safe, and ready to tackle the challenges of the changing seasons. For more advice or to schedule a maintenance check-up, visit us today – your journey matters to us, and we’re here to ensure it’s a smooth one, no matter the season.

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