Fall Auto Tune Up in Albany, CA
Most modern cars are self-tuning in large measure - the onboard computers adjust air intake, timing, richness of the air-fuel mixture, and many other parameters. So the traditional tune-up has become a thing of the past. Still we highly recommend a "Fall tune-up" - since there are still plenty of components and systems that need a professional mechanic to inspect, adjust, and make sure that the vehicle is ready for the wet roads that the Autumn brings.
When it comes to wet roads, first thing to check is the condition of the tires - the main concern is that the tread depth is sufficient to properly remove water from under the tires, to prevent hydroplaning and loss of control over the vehicle.
When talking about vehicle control, suspension needs to be checked as well, since worn suspension can significantly increase braking distance. While we are talking about braking distance, a brake inspection is a good idea as well ( unless your vehicle had one recently).
When you turn on the ignition, and the car does not start, it can be a major hassle. Cold weather is not kind to weak car batteries, so we recommend battery check as well - it will let you know if battery replacement is imminent, or if you can go another winter season without worrying about no-start condition.
It's good to remember about wiper blades - UV rays from the sun damage rubber wiper blades, so unless your vehicle is equipped with silicon wiper blades, it's a good idea to check wiper blades, and to replace them if necessary, before the rains arrive.
We believe in preventive maintenance all year round, but fall and winter season checks are especially important to keep your vehicle from being stranded on the side of the road during a rainstorm. For your convenience our Albany car care facility offers online appointments, or simply call us at the shop.