Halloween has come and gone, the leaves are changing, and the clocks have already changed - this is the perfect time to give your car a once over and make sure it is ready for the shorter days, colder temperatures, and increased precipitation that comes with the change of seasons. Your Haynes manual always lists periodic maintenance tasks that need to be taken care of every so often, or so many miles, but there are other things you should check or change on your car based on the calendar date alone, no matter how many miles or how long it has been.
- Change Your Wiper Blades - You may not have had to use your wiper for months, except for the occasional spritz of the windshield washers, but that doesn't mean they are still is good shape. Summer sun and the heat coming up from the engine ages the rubber of the wiper blades more than using them does. They will need to be replaced at least once a year if you want to see clearly when the rains come, and after the long hot summer is the best time to do it. If you live up north, where snow and ice is an issue, there are winter specific blades designed to not get clogged and stay flexible at low temperature. Here's how to change them. Changing the blades is a 10 minute job at most and typically requires no tools.
- Clean Your Windows - Sure, you probably keep your car fairly clean, or at lease squeegee the windows occasionally when you fill up the tank, but when was the last time you cleaned the inside of the windows? All the plastics in modern cars is constantly releasing chemicals as it ages which leaves a film on the inside of the windows, and if you smoke in the car, it can get even worse. With the sun setting sooner, and the days getting sorter, you'll be driving at night more, and this hazy film can make the view outside full of glare. You may not think there is much on your window, but try cleaning half of it only, then see the difference between the two sides. Cleaning the inside of your windows is a 15 minute job and requires just paper towels and glass cleaner.