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4 Car Maintenance Tips for Fall 2019

Nov 01, 2019
Michael Robinson

It’s officially Fall 2019, and now is a great time to take care of maintenance for your car before the coldest months of winter arrive.

Every car will have its own set of issues particular to its make, model, year, and driving history. However, there are several issues that come up most frequently that we see here at Circle Auto Shield, so we’ve put together this recommended list of 4 car parts you should check for maintenance issues now to make sure you are prepared for the coldest months of the year:

1.    Brake Pads

Your brake pads are what is in between your brake drum and the part of your car that clamps down in order to slow your tire rotation when you step on the brakes. Brake pads naturally wear down with use, so if you haven’t replaced yours in a while, now may be the time.

Here are 3 signs you may need new brake pads:

•    Worn down past ¼ in. thick – if you can see that your brake pads are less than ¼ in. in thickness, it’s time to consider getting a new set.
•    Indicator light comes on – some cars now come with a warning system to let you know it’s time to replace the brake pads; check your owner’s manual to see if your car will give you this notification.
•    Screeching or other metallic noises – do you hear a grating noise every time you hit the brakes? If you’re hearing this sound continuously, it’s time to check the brake pads.
 

2.    Tires

Once your tires wear out, you’re at a greater risk for accidents in slippery weather conditions, so now is the time to check your tires to see if they’ll be good through the Winter.

One good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every time you get an oil change (which should be approximately every 3000 miles or 3 months). This way you’ll be sure to keep up with general maintenance.

3.    Windshield Wipers

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to replace your windshield wipers every year, or sooner if you notice there’s a change in your visibility when they’re in use. Wipers will also wear out over time, and could damage your windshield if they’re not replaced.

Some signs of worn-out wipers include metal corrosion, rounded wiping edges, and visible cracks or tears.
 

4.    Spark Plug

Cold conditions and old age are common causes for a car to not start. But a fresh pair of spark plugs can help make sure your vehicle will stay reliable. 

Some professionals recommend a spark plug change every 30,000 miles, but different kinds of spark plugs can have different requirements. For example, copper plugs typically have the shortest life span, while certain technologically advanced models are known to last up to four-time longer than average. 

Cold weather can make for difficult driving conditions, but being proactive about your car maintenance can make the upcoming months easier to deal with and safer all around. 

If you want to make sure your car is protected against expensive repair costs, find out more about the extended car warranties (otherwise known as vehicle service policies) we offer here at Circle Auto Shield. All our plans even come with benefit perks - like 24/7 roadside assistance and nationwide service from ASE-certified mechanics.

You can learn more about a coverage plan to meet your budget and your car’s needs by giving us a call at 833-247-2530 (833-CIRCLE0). Or request a quote online!

 


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