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End of Summer Calls for Fall Vehicle Maintenance!

As much as no one wants it to happen, summer is slowly bowing out for the year. We’re still in the thick of the heat, but as kids go back to school, we know it’s on its way.

When fall and winter come around, we all need to remember to schedule a service appointment to cover all fall vehicle maintenance. Here are just a few items to make sure that you check out this time of year!

service checklist - Fall Vehicle Maintenance

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

  • Heater/Defroster – with cold and snow lurking around the corner, it’s important to have working heat. Defrosting keeps your windows fog-free so you can see.
  • Battery – a weak battery will only get worse in the winter. Don’t leave yourself with a dead battery in the bitter, cold air! Check the strength to ensure that your car will be able to turn over this fall. Warning: if you’re not comfortable dealing with these operational features, visit a professional.
  • Tires – we tend to wear our tires down a lot during the summer, due to vacations, road trips and normal wear and tear. Check the tread and overall condition of your tires. You may even want to consider buying snow tires for the winter!
  • Emergency Equipment – because accidents do happen, it’s important to keep a few things in your car at all times. Flares, blankets, a small shovel, tire chains and a flashlight are just a few to start. No matter what situation you’re in, you’ll also want to keep your roadside assistance (like AAA) contact number handy.

Visit us at any Joseph Auto location near you in Cincinnati, Columbus or Northern Kentucky. We’ll be sure that you’re ready for the oncoming elements.

Why You Need to Change Your Oil

Change your oil

Changing your oil can be costly, especially if you’re changing it every 3,000 miles, which is too often. Most automakers recommend changing your oil around every 7,500 miles or six months. That’s better than the 3,000 mile rule (which, again, is obsolete) but it can still cost a pretty penny, for a good reason. We here at Joseph Auto know why you need to change your oil!

Oil plays three roles within the engine, each as important as the last. First, oil lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding against one another so they don’t take damage. Second, oil carries away heat generated by the constant explosions within the engine itself. Lastly, oil prevents the buildup of carbon and varnishes.

If you don’t change your oil, you’re going to have a very bad time in the future.

Without fresh oil, your engine will eventually see a lot of carbon and varnishes building up around the cooler parts, like the camshafts and valves. That can lead to sludge coming out of the old oil which can only be cleared out by an expensive engine cleaning.

Even worse, you could have to replace the piston rings, camshafts, or pistons altogether.