January 1st is a day known for reflection, new beginnings, and goal setting. A new year is a chance to start fresh with a clean slate. But for many of us, September 1st also marks a season of fresh starts and renewed ambitions. When the kids go back to school, many of us find ourselves committing to things like getting up earlier, going to bed earlier, packing homemade lunches, and spending more timing reading to our littles.
The end of summer and the beginning of colder weather is also an excellent time to take care of your Jaguar. In addition to having your car serviced by Jaguar auto repair in Houston, TX, you can follow these 5 DIY tips to keep your performance vehicle running right:
Clean it Up
A summer full of road trips, beach days, pool parties, and picnics can leave your car looking and feeling a bit beleaguered inside and out. Send the kids back to school and then treat yourself to a clean car. A wash and wax will have your Jag back to looking drop-dead sexy in no time at all and detailing the inside will help you capture that new-car feeling we all know and love. Waxing is also the best way to protect your vehicle’s exterior finish from the ravages of winter snow, ice, and salt.
Inspect Your Tires
Safe wet fall and winter driving require healthy tires. Tires affect your safety as well as the handling of your vehicle. Check the tread depth of your tires in three places: the outer tread, the inner tread, and the center tread. Replace worn tires immediately to make sure you’re not slipping and sliding into colder temperatures. Check tire pressures, even on the spare. Tires can lose one pound of pressure for every 10-degree drop on temperature, so it’s important to make adjustments when the weather cools. Switch to winter tires if you live in an area where the temperatures remain consistently below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during winter months.
Test Your Wipers
A good set of wipers leaves your windshield clean and clear with every swipe. If your blades aren’t up to the task, replace them. Check your washer fluid levels and ensure that you have a winter blend in your reservoir that will resist freezing. Run your rear defrosters to make sure you won’t be blinded by frost.
Turn on the Heater
It’s likely been several months since you ran your Jag’s heating system. Crank it up and make sure you won’t get stuck shivering in a traffic jam.
Pack a Winter Car Kit
Winter weather is unpredictable and getting caught without the right gear can be miserable and even deadly. Prepare yourself for winter driving with a well-stocked car survival kit. Your safety kit can include such things as the following:
- Waterproof boots
- Gloves and warm hat
- Salt, kitty litter, or floor sweep absorbent
- Jumper cables
- Ice scraper
- Rain poncho
- Flat tire tools
- Long-lasting snacks and water
- First aid supplies
- Cell phone charger
A plastic bin in the back of the car filled with these essentials will give you peace of mind throughout the coming colder months.
Back to school is a perfect time for routine car maintenance. Bring your Jaguar into Bemer Motor Cars for expert Jaguar service in Houston, TX. Our technicians will make sure your car is ready and up for the challenges of winter driving. Don’t wait; schedule your appointment today!