Fall Service Tips to Protect Your Vehicle

Fall Vehicle Service

Taking care of your car isn’t only important for the sake of your vehicle—it’s important for your safety, too. These fall service tips will help you maintain your vehicle’s performance so that you can have safe driving moving into the fall season.

Tires

Keeping your tires properly inflated is a critical part of driving in autumn rain showers. Driving on wet roads is also much safer when your tires are in good shape, showing no signs of visible damage and maintaining a deep, healthy tread.

Battery

If the car battery is old, it may perform fine in the summer and then surprise you by dying in the autumn. This is because cold weather is tough on batteries. Avoid getting stranded by bringing your car into Pantilli Mitsubishi to have your battery tested and replaced if needed before the low temperatures hit.

Brakes

It’s obviously important to have healthy brakes when you’re preparing to drive on rain, show, or ice. If you feel a pumping or pulsing when you brake, if you hear a squeaking, or if it’s been awhile since the brakes were checked, have them looked at by our team at Pantilli Mitsubishi. We’ll make sure your vehicle is set for safe driving on slick roads.

For more tips to protect your vehicle, contact us at Pantilli Mitsubishi.

Fall Vehicle Service

Signs You Need New Brakes

A car is only as safe as its braking system and with today’s accident prevention technology, that’s truer than ever. Unlike with tires, a car’s brakes don’t come with a recommended service date or mileage, making it difficult for some drivers to know when they need to have their braking system inspected. Here are a few of the common indicators that you need new brakes from us here at Pantili Mitsubishi:

Need New Brakes

  1. Screeching – Modern brakes are designed to alert you when the pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. One way they do this is through a loud screech caused by a metal piece within the pad scraping against the metal rotor. If you hear a loud, unmistakable screeching sound, make a service appointment for your braking system immediately.
  2. Sight – One of the easiest ways to inspect your braking system is by looking through the spokes of your front wheels. The brake pad should be pressed against the rotor and easily visible. If it doesn’t look like the pad is at least a quarter inch thick, make plans to have your car serviced sooner rather than later.
  3. Fading – If your braking system is generally unresponsive, it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Should the pedal be sinking to the floor under little pressure, it could indicate an air or brake fluid leak. Either way, schedule an appointment to have your brakes inspected.