Fall Vehicle Weather Prep for Your Subaru in Louisiana
Fall is a beautiful season in Louisiana, with cooler temperatures and a change in scenery as the leaves start to turn. It's also a crucial time to prepare your Subaru for the upcoming weather changes and potential challenges that autumn can bring. In this blog post, we'll guide you through essential vehicle fall weather preparations specific to your Subaru in the Pelican State.
The condition of your tires is paramount during the fall season. In Louisiana, you can expect rain and even the possibility of some light frost. Make sure your Subaru's tires are in excellent condition with adequate tread depth. Consider switching to all-season if you plan on traveling to areas with colder climates during the fall.
Check Your Brakes
With the likelihood of slippery roads due to rain and fallen leaves, having properly functioning brakes is crucial. Ensure your brake pads and rotors are in good shape, and if you notice any squeaking or grinding noises while braking, it's time for a brake inspection.
Oil and Fluids
Regular oil changes are essential to keep your Subaru running smoothly. As the temperatures drop, it's a good idea to switch to a lower-viscosity oil that is better suited for colder weather. Additionally, check and top off all other essential fluids, such as coolant, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid, to ensure optimal performance.
Cold weather can be tough on your vehicle's battery. Have your battery tested to ensure it has enough power to start your car in colder temperatures. If your battery is older or shows signs of weakness, consider replacing it before winter arrives.
Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid
Visibility is crucial when driving in wet and rainy conditions. Check the condition of your windshield wipers and replace them if they are streaking or not clearing the windshield effectively. Ensure your windshield washer fluid is topped off with a winter-specific solution that won't freeze.
Lights and Signals
With shorter daylight hours during the fall and potential foggy or rainy conditions, it's crucial that all your vehicle's lights are functioning correctly. Check your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals to ensure they are working.
Check the HVAC System
As temperatures drop, you'll rely more on your vehicle's heating system. Make sure your heating and defrost systems are working efficiently to keep you warm and maintain clear visibility.
It's always a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. This kit should include items like a flashlight, blankets, non-perishable snacks, a first-aid kit, and a set of jumper cables. In case you find yourself in an unexpected situation, you'll be prepared.
Subaru's All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Subaru vehicles are known for their excellent all-wheel-drive systems, which provide added traction and stability, especially in slippery conditions. Make sure your AWD system is in good working order and consider having it serviced if necessary.
Complimentary Multi-point Inspection
If you prefer to have a Certified Subaru Technician look over your vehicle to ensure it’s ready for fall, schedule a complimentary multi-point inspection at Baldwin Subaru! Our techs will inspect the following components:
- Chassis components
- Seat belts and restraints
- Battery health
- Exhaust components
- Steering components
- Air filters
- Belts and hoses
- Shocks and struts
- Engine cooling
- Drive axle, transmission, and engine
- Fuel system
- Windshield washer fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
Preparing your Subaru for fall weather in Louisiana is all about ensuring safety, reliability, and comfort during the changing season. Regular maintenance and attention to key areas of your vehicle will go a long way in making your fall drives enjoyable and stress-free. By following these tips, you'll be ready to embrace the beauty of autumn while staying safe on the roads of the Pelican State.
To learn more about Fall Weather Vehicle Prep, contact the Baldwin Subaru Service Department at 1730 N Hwy 190 Covington, LA 70433.