1 March 2021 · Motoring Tips & Advice

Car Maintenance Tips for Autumn | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Is your car ready for autumn? The days are beginning to get shorter and a little chillier, and winter is now just around the corner. That means it’s about time to perform some routine maintenance on your Hyundai.

You can carry out the following tips by yourself, but we recommend booking a Hyundai car service at your local Dealership. The technicians there can handle the more difficult tasks and make sure your vehicle will perform smoothly and safely throughout autumn.

1. Check your battery

With temperatures dropping, you might find yourself cranking up your vehicle’s heating more often. This can put extra strain on the battery, so it makes sense to make sure it’s working as it should be. Look for any white matter on the battery posts or cable terminals, and clean it off if any is present. Consider taking your car to a Hyundai technician who can check that the battery is charging properly.

2. Check the air filter

Cleaning the air filter is something that many car owners neglect, but it’s easier than you might think. The filter becomes clogged with dirt, bugs and debris over time and this reduces the efficiency of the motor. You can avoid this by either cleaning the air filter, or replacing it with a new one.

3. Replace the wiper blades         

A clear view is essential when driving in autumn, so consider replacing the wiper blades if you haven’t done it in a while. Invest in some “winter blades” if you live in a part of Australia that experiences snow, otherwise just swap your blades for some new ones to reduce streaking and the risk of windscreen damage.

4. Inspect the tyres

You should be keeping a close eye on your tyre pressure and tread depth all year round, but in wet conditions, stopping distance increases and this becomes even more important. Check the wear bars to make sure the tread is safe, and regularly check tyre pressure so that it aligns with the recommended pressure.

5. Make sure the lights are working properly

Darker nights means more reliance on our car’s lights. Conduct a manual check of headlights (low beam and high beam), indicators, brake lights and hazard lights. If any lights are out, it’s usually easy and affordable to replace the bulbs. If lights are looking foggy, try cleaning the lenses with an off-the-shelf cleaning kit.

6. Fill your fluids

Maintaining oil and water levels all year round is important, but if you’re relying on your heater more, it’s vital that your water is at the right level. Check oil, water, windscreen wiper fluid, and brake fluids, and replace any that are running low.

Book a service at Phil Gilbert Hyundai in Sydney

The best way to make sure your car is ready for autumn is to book a Hyundai service. At Phil Gilbert Hyundai, we have a range of service options to deliver the best value and outcome for all of our guests. Contact us on (02) 9735 8400 to learn more about our service options and to book in for fast, stress-free car servicing.