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Fall Car Care Tips and Auto Maintenance Advice from Serra Traverse City

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Northern Michigan with the changing leaves and scenic drives! Whether you're driving to the pumpkin patch, the cider mill, or any other road covered with falling foliage, the easiest way to stay safe is routine maintenance! Because the weather changes fairly quick in the Cherry Capital, it's important to get a jump start on your Fall maintenance to ensure you're ready for whatever Mother Nature brings. Explore our Fall Car Care tips below on maintaining your belts, hoses, and heating/ventilation system, as well as our auto maintenance advice regarding your car's windshield, weatherstripping, and how to build an emergency kit. The team at Serra Traverse City is dedicated to making your on-the-road experience a positive one, regardless of what make and model you drive. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Inspections for Your Car's Belts & Hoses

The belts and hoses within and around your vehicle are essential for a properly running car, which means they're quite important to care for. These components don't always need replacing or repair, but they do need regular inspections to identify any foretelling wear or damage that could compromise your safety on the road. Fall is the perfect time to do so because extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can put significant wear on your belts and hoses. When you come into Serra Traverse City's service department, we'd be happy to inspect your serpentine/accessory/drive belt, and your timing belt, as well as your power steering hoses, radiator hoses, fuel hose, and brake line/hose. We'll look for cracks, fraying, and other wear that could lead to a break or a disabled car.

Protect Yourself with Windshield Care

Even if it isn't the first component on your mind when you think of your safety on the road, your windshield is one of the most important parts and plays a critical role. Your windshield's job is to protect you from the elements, allow you to see the road ahead clearly, and uphold your car's structural integrity. Pressure changes, accidents, and gravel or other road debris can cause initial damage to your windshield, while changing weather and temperatures can expand existing chips and cracks, compromising your safety even further. Many times these circumstances are unavoidable, but you can make up for it by having these repairs done immediately. If you haven't gotten around to it, Fall is a great time to do so before the weather gets too cold and the ice and snow arrive. Our collision center is able to work with your insurance and tackle any damage your windshield might have!

Heating and Ventilation System Inspections to Keep You Warm

If you're a Northern Michigan citizen, you might know that Winter can come early and quite unexpectedly, so it's good to be prepared! We recommend having your heating and ventilation system inspected at your next oil change so you know your car can keep you warm and toasty through the chilly Fall and bitter cold Winter in Traverse City. Our team at Serra will inspect each part of your heating and ventilation system to ensure it works properly, but you can be aware of warning signs which mean you need a repair. If you ever experience loss of temperature control, loss of airflow or cold only airflow, random and quick fogging window fogging, a sweet smell coming through the vents, or engine overheating, it's important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible!

Keep Your Car's Interior Protected with Weatherstripping Inspections

Have you ever noticed a loose black weatherstrip around your door? This can mean your weatherstrips need to be repaired, reattached, or replaced. Your weatherstripping is what seals your vehicle’s components, like your trunk gate or doors, and keeps the elements out of your car. If you hear any excess road noise or see any visible damage like cuts or cracks to the stripping around your windshield, doors, windows, or trunk, your weatherstrip is probably due for a repair to protect your car's interior. We'd be happy to help with a weatherstripping inspection at Serra of Traverse City! If we see your strips are dry, cracked, and won't bounce back to light pressure, we can help with the replacement using genuine OEM parts for any make and model you drive.

Build a Comprehensive Emergency Kit

Being safe on the road is easy with routine maintenance and planning ahead! Fall Car Care is a great way to ensure your vehicle will run properly through the season, but there are some things you just can't protect yourself against. Unfortunately, flat tires and other accidents happen and can put your car out of business. Building a comprehensive emergency kit will help put your mind at ease and give you the tools to deal with a variety of situations. We recommend including the following items in your kit: emergency money (cash), first aid supplies, extra cell phone charger, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, high-protein snacks and water, blankets, extra warm clothing (gloves, socks, etc.), sand or kitty litter, ice scraper, and hand and foot warmers. Many of the items are great to have in your car year-round, while others are simply for cold weather, but it never hurts to be prepared for any sort of weather in the Cherry Capital!

Car Care and Auto Maintenance in Fall is Easy in the Cherry Capital!

At Serra of Traverse City, we want to be your one-stop shop for all your auto needs. It's our goal to make Fall Car Care and auto maintenance services easy! From heating and ventilation system inspections to weatherstripping replacement, our Certified team in the Cherry Capital is equipped to handle any make or model with care, including Audi, Cadillac, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. You can stop by either location at your convenience OR schedule your appointment online to save time. Give us a call at 231-947-9000 for our Cadillac/Subaru Campus at 1747 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 or 231-946-5540 for our Toyota/Audi/VW/Nissan/Volvo Campus at 1301 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686. We are happy to serve the Grand Traverse Area and our friends in Northern Michigan!