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How to Avoid Auto Breakdowns during Autumn/Winter?

The autumn season is approaching in most parts of the world bringing along with it surplus rain and cool nights, which are bound to wreak havoc on your car. Car breakdowns are rampant in autumn/ winter weather, and more than often result in mechanical faults or minor accidents. Therefore, heeding caution and being well prepared for any kind of anomalies never go to waste. If you are saving for a new car, September might be the best month to buy one. The reason is every component of the car would be in good shape, so you might not have to go through the hassles we are going to talk about. However, if you are on a used car, you should not be so worried either. There is a lot that can be done to avoid any serious damage to your car. Let’s find out:

Batteries: Car batteries are a great concern during the cool weather as the increased use of car heater and lights drains out the battery’s power and lowers its intensity. Moreover, the extreme weather takes a toll on the battery internally and also quickens corrosion, which results in lack of adequate electrical power. The consequence of this power failure can leave your car at the risk of a sudden breakdown when you least expect it. Car batteries require replacement every 3-5 years, so if your car has batteries more than 5 years old, it is time to get new ones.

Tires: Maintaining the right amount of pressure for tires is essential all year round, but during winter, this need is doubled, as tires have to keep highest traction in the wet conditions. Wheels require regular maintenance and should be checked for proper inflation, right pressure as per manual and the tread depth once every month. The spare tire should also be a part of this maintenance, to serve you best in case of a tire puncture.

Oil Change: A regular oil-maintenance will enhance your car’s performance keeping its functioning smooth and simple. Consult your car manual to know how often your car requires an oil change and follow instructions accordingly. Moreover, using the right kind of oil is of utmost importance if you don’t want your car’s turbo chargers and chains to split. It is generally advised to change the car oil after every 3,000 miles (this varies according to engine).

Brakes: Ensure that the brakes are in perfect order during this season. If you notice any pulsations or noises, seek help of a skilled mechanic who can determine the cause and fix the brakes. Keep regular checks on the brake fluid to ensure it meets the required fluid level and make sure there is no leakage.

Wipers: Due to rain and fogginess, the car wipers are used more frequently during the autumn/winter season and hence require extra care and maintenance. A wiper blade typically lasts for six to twelve months varying upon its exposure to different climates. Therefore, it is recommended to inspect wipers monthly looking for any sign of damage or deterioration of quality. Also keep a monthly check on the windshield washer fluid reservoir and add a cleaning solution with antifreeze properties to have clear visibility.

Be prepared for the worst case scenario by keeping extra rations and provisions such as food, clothing and blanket in the car in case if you are stranded and waiting for help. By following the above-mentioned tips, you can keep your car well maintained during autumn/winter and tackle any inconvenience.

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I’m a automotive journalist who's driven new cars on highways, back roads and racetracks all over the world.

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