As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, it’s time to think about preparing your vehicle for autumn driving. With school back in session and more time on the road, fall vehicle maintenance is important to prevent issues and keep you and your occupants safe.
In this month’s blog post, we review some regular maintenance items for key vehicle systems, including the transmission, brakes, clutch, differential, driveshaft, and suspension to ensure a smooth and safe driving experience.
Here’s a rundown of what you need to know:
- Transmission: The transmission is crucial for shifting gears and maintaining vehicle speed. Fall maintenance typically involves checking the transmission fluid for proper level and condition. Signs of trouble include slipping gears or difficulty shifting.
- Brakes: Brakes are your primary safety system. Regular inspection of brake pads for wear and tear, and brake fluid for proper level, is essential. Squeaking sounds or a vehicle pulling to one side when braking are signs of potential issues.
- Clutch: For manual vehicles, the clutch is vital for gear shifting. Fall service usually includes checking the clutch fluid and inspecting the clutch disc for wear. Difficulty in shifting gears or a burning smell could indicate a problem.
- Differential: The differential balances the speed of your vehicle’s wheels. Maintenance involves checking the differential oil level and condition. Noise from your axle or excessive tire wear can signal differential problems.
- Driveshaft: The driveshaft transfers engine power to the wheels. Fall maintenance includes inspecting the driveshaft for damage and lubricating universal joints. Vibrations during acceleration may suggest driveshaft issues.
- Suspension: A well-maintained suspension ensures a comfortable ride. Fall checks should include inspecting shocks and struts for leaks or wear and checking tire alignment. Pulling to one side or a rough ride can indicate suspension problems.
Regular servicing of these systems not only prepares your vehicle for fall and winter driving but also extends its lifespan and improves performance. So this fall, give your vehicle the care it deserves! Remember, if you notice any of the problem signs mentioned above, it’s best to promptly consult with a service professional.
At Best Western Transmissions, we specialize in maintenance and repair of these vital vehicle systems. Our experienced technicians will perform external diagnostics to determine the cause of any vehicle issues and offer advice on repair or replacement to keep your vehicle operating smoothly. Give us a call today at Best Western Transmissions to schedule an appointment for an inspection, maintenance, and/or repairs.