Fall Maintenance Guide | Edinburg, TX
All vehicles, including new INFINITI cars and SUVs, require routine maintenance in order to run properly, safely, and efficiently. If you neglect such regular service, your vehicle will quickly begin to encounter problems that are expensive to repair; it will also run less efficiently and pose a threat to you, your passengers, and other drivers and passengers on the road.
The easiest way to stay on top of routine maintenance for your INFINITI is to bring it in to Bert Ogden INFINITI in Edinburg, Texas. Our technicians are trained and certified to work specifically on INFINITI models, though they are very knowledgeable of all makes. When you service with us, you can be sure we will take care of every important maintenance item at your specific service milestone, plus perform a multipoint inspection to pinpoint any potential problems with your vehicle.
Another way to stay on top of maintenance is to think of it seasonally. In the spring, it’s important to prep your vehicle for the hot days of summer ahead. In the fall, it’s time to start thinking about how colder weather will affect your vehicle. Yes, even in Edinburg, Texas.
Here are some maintenance items you should keep in mind each fall:
Schedule routine maintenance
First and foremost, check your owner’s manual to see when your next maintenance milestone is. If it’s time for an oil change, tire rotation, air filter replacement, or brake maintenance, schedule now with Bert Ogden INFINITI.
Prep for visibility
In the winter, it will start getting dark earlier. Take the opportunity this fall to ensure that your headlights, brake lights, taillights, and fog lights all work. If any are burnt out, replace them before you start driving more regularly in the dark.
In addition, if your windshield wiper blades are leaving streaks, replace them now. The fall brings a lot of rain from the Gulf during hurricane season, and even in Texas, we have the potential for snow in the winter. It’s safer to have wiper blades in tip-top shape.
Check your tires
When is the last time you checked the treads on your tires? Before the rain of the fall and snow of the winter arrive, ensure your tires will allow for good traction. If the treads are too worn, get them replaced now.
Every month, you should be manually checking your tire pressure. If we get unexpectedly cold weather in the fall and winter, expect your tire pressure to have dropped — even overnight. You may need to refill before going on a longer drive.
Test your battery
It may not get unreasonably cold here in Texas over the winter, but we still see more batteries dying in the winter than the summer. This fall, take the opportunity to physically inspect your battery and have a mechanic run tests to make sure it can survive the winter. If it’s nearing the end of its life, it’s better to replace now than to get stranded somewhere in the cold.
Update your emergency kit
Every vehicle should have an emergency kit, should the worst happen. But the contents of that kit are sometimes seasonal. In the summer, you don’t need things like a collapsible snow shovel, hats, gloves, coats, and blankets, but you’ll likely want bug spray and sun screen. Make the swap now before disaster strikes.
Check your air filter and fluid levels
Let’s say you change your own oil and rotate your tires. That means you don’t have a mechanic checking and topping off fluid levels and replacing your air filter. If that is the case for you, you need to make sure to stay on top of these tasks before heading into winter.
For all your maintenance needs, contact the service department at Bert Ogden INFINITI in Edinburg, Texas.