Prepare Your Vehicle For Fall

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The change in seasons is a great time to give your vehicle a little TLC. You can have it inspected for any unnoticed issues and prepare it for the seasonal weather ahead.  If you’re wondering what maintenance items you should handle before you head into the colder months, take a look at this fall preparation checklist for your vehicle.


Standing in the cold while you try to jump off your vehicle isn’t fun, so it’s a good idea to check your vehicle’s battery before the cold weather truly begins. Pop your hood and check the battery for dirt, grime, and corrosion. If you notice any, clean it up with a wire brush. Also, make sure your wires are tightened and your cables are nice and snug.


In the colder months, you’ll have a lot less daylight, so make sure your headlights are in good condition to help you see on darkened roads at night. Your headlights can become cloudy and hazy as your vehicle ages. If you notice any cloudiness at all, grab a headlight restoration kit from your nearest auto shop. By closely following the directions, you can clear up your headlights and enjoy brilliant illumination during nighttime drives.

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Even though we live in an area that isn’t prone to heavy ice and snow, seasonal change may effect your tires more than any other component of your vehicle. All-season tires are still a viable option throughout the year in Thomasville, GA, but make sure to check your tire pressure regularly. Hot weather in the summer causes the air in your tires to expand while the cooler weather in the fall and winter causes it to contract. You should also make sure your tires are in good condition. Check the tread on your tires for excessive wear. If you notice that you have less than 1/8-inch of tread on your tires it’s time for new tires.

If you need new tires or any maintenance at all, schedule an appointment with the Thomasville Toyota service center. We’ll make sure your vehicle is ready for fall.

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