Prep Your Car for Cooler Temps

Four things to check during Car Care Month

Phoenix, Oct. 1, 2013. Arizona motorists know the heat takes a toll on vehicles. However, many motorists aren’t aware of the impact cooler temperatures can take as well. 

“Although Arizona doesn’t experience the harsh winters other states do, drivers should still take measures to prepare their cars for cooler temperatures,” said Travis Mock, automotive repair supervisor for AAA Arizona. “Our vehicles have just endured months of extreme heat and are definitely in need of some TLC as we move into fall.” 

As a go-to source for automotive information, during National Car Care Month in October, AAA recommends motorists look at the following components of their cars to ready them for cooler months ahead:

  • Battery. The average lifespan of a car battery in Arizona is 32 months. Heat is the leading cause of battery failure during the summer; however, cooler weather also affects a battery. The chemical reactions that take place in batteries happen more slowly in cooler weather, sapping its power. Have your battery tested for free by AAA Mobile Battery Service. 
     
  • Cooling system and antifreeze. Test your heater to make sure it’s working properly before you need to use it. Also, check your antifreeze to make sure there is the correct ratio of antifreeze and water so the coolant does not freeze. Neglecting this step could cause parts to crack and lead to costly repairs.
     
  • Windshield wipers. With our dry, sunny climate, wiper blades in our state don’t last long. They crack and break in as little as a few months. Don’t wait for the first storm of the season to replace them. AAA Auto Repair is offering members a free set of NAPA wiper blades for most vehicles with the purchase of an oil change through Oct. 31. Find a location near you. Call 1-888-505-2337 for an appointment. Some restrictions apply.
     
  • Tires. Many drivers already may have noticed their tire pressure light has turned on overnight. That’s because tire pressure drops about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature.  In addition, drivers should inspect tire walls for any cracks or bulging, and check tire tread depth to ensure it is sufficient.

Motorists who are not comfortable checking these items themselves can take their cars into any AAA Owned or participating AAA Approved repair facility for a free Car Care Month safety inspection through October 31. 

AAA offers a variety of automotive solutions. For more information, visit AAA.com/auto.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 840,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.