How to Take Care of Your Car For Fall

It's November, which means fall is in full swing in Round Rock, TX. With your pumpkin spice latte in hand and your holiday shopping list in the other, it can be challenging to keep up with maintenance items, especially pertaining to your car. You should know that fall is the perfect transition period to run through all your car's particular components and ensure it's adept at handling the upcoming fall and winter challenges.

Below are six preventative maintenance items to keep your car in tip-top shape for the rest of 2021:

Test Your Battery

Did you know that your car battery is more likely to drain in the winter? In the cooler months, vehicle batteries endure more wear and tear. We can do a quick battery test at Open Road Automotive, and our professionals can let you know whether you need a new battery soon or not. 

Check Your Defroster & Heater

You've probably transitioned from A/C to heat by now, but you should make sure that your heat is warm enough and there's enough air coming through your vents. Additionally, you need to ensure your defroster effectively clears the morning frost on your car.

Top Off Fluids

Just like any other time of year, you should constantly be monitoring your vehicle's essential fluids. These fluids include the following:

  • Engine oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake or DOT fluid
  • Transmission fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Coolant or radiator fluid

Change Wiper Blades

Most people don't change their wipers until it severely impacts their visibility when driving in the rain or snow. It's recommended that you change your wipers every six months or at least once every year. So, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your windshield wipers.

Examine Your Brakes

Brake service is vital to your safety, especially in the fall and winter weather conditions. To avoid a slippery mishap, please make sure your brake pads, brake shoes, rotors, etc., are healthy and functioning. If you have any signs of wear, like squeaking, it's best to change your parts earlier on.

Inspect Tires

When inspecting your tires, please remember to test your tread and tire pressure. If you notice uneven wear, you may require a wheel alignment. And if your tires fail the penny test, you should get your tires replaced ASAP. Lastly, don't forget to manually test your pressure instead of relying on your TPMS readings.


If you're ready for a fall vehicle inspection, feel free to reach out to the experts at Open Road Automotive. We'll lift the worries off your shoulder and do all the inspecting for you. Please give us a call or visit today if you are interested.

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