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!

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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.

How to Clean Inside Your Car

Road trips can get pretty messy—you’ll probably come home with a backseat full of trash, carpet covered in spilled drinks, and food crushed into the upholstery. So if you’re just getting home and realizing what a mess you have to clean up, follow these tips on how to clean inside your car.

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Items to clean:

The first thing to do is clean all the trash out of your car, which is the easiest part. Next you’ll want to vacuum the carpets and the seating, especially if you have cloth seats. Buy some cleaning products that are made for whatever kind of interior you have. Cloth, vinyl, and leather all require different products to keep the material in good shape.

If you have stains on your carpet or cloth seats, treat with a stain lifter and follow the instructions on the can. You don’t want to leave stains—they can seep into the carpet or seats and start to smell! Scrub the carpet, dab it dry with a cloth, and vacuum again.

You may also want to clean the dashboard and inside the windshield and windows. Go and grab some glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels. Glass cleaner works on the dash too!