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3 Post-Summer Car Maintenance Tips

As the days get shorter and cooler, it is important to start thinking about preparing your vehicle for different climactic challenges. These three tips can help you ease into the colder months, even if this year has a freak early cold snap in store for Albuquerque.

#1: Recharge your Air Conditioner

Wait, what? Recharge your car’s air conditioner before winter?! If your car’s AC cooling capability has been noticeably waning, you may have a leak in the cooling system or your refrigerant just needs a top-off. This isn’t something you should put off until next spring or summer because your car’s defroster may engage your AC system to help dehumidify the cabin and de-fog your windshield.

#2: Seal Nicks and Dents

Nicks and dents in the summer are typically “just” cosmetic issues. However, chips and flakes in your car’s coat leave the body exposed and vulnerable to the elements. Moisture, salt and freeze-thaw cycles, which can happen daily when nightly lows fall below freezing but the days are mild, all contribute to further deterioration. To keep metal panels and body materials free of corrosion, seal all scratches, scrapes, chips, etc.

#3: Check (and Replace) Your Car’s Consumables

It may sound like a no brainer, but many people forget to transition to winterized components, such as:

  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers
  • Coolant/anti-freeze

Also check belts for signs of wear or damage and make sure your battery charge is strong.

If you need assistance winterizing your vehicle, bring it to ABC Paint and Body or at least give us a call for more tips and recommendations for winter-ready components and protective coatings.