August is an ideal time to consider checking up on the essentials for your vehicle to ensure everything is running in top shape before heading back to school. If you have young kids, it is important to have a trustworthy car for carpools, playdates, soccer games, and more. If you are heading back to college at Ohio State University or another private or public university around Ohio, you will want to make sure everything is good to go for classes, tailgates, and the occasional road trip home. We have 8 essential tips for taking care of your vehicle before fall hits.


1)    Check Your Tires


Improper tire pressure can lower your gas mileage and increase the wear on tear on your tires. A quick pressure check can help you save money by avoiding having to replace tires sooner than normal. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle and refill underinflated tires as needed. During the check, be sure to check for excessive wear on the tires as well. The easiest way to test this is the penny test. Insert an upside-down penny in the tread groove and check to see if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head. If you can, it is time to get new tires before heading off to school.


2)    Top off the Fluids


Now is the time to top off all fluids and perform your regular oil change if it’s time. While under the hood, drivers should check their transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolants, and more. Having clean fluids will help the engine run smoothly and full wiper fluid ensures good visibility in case of poor weather. It might also be a good idea to replace the wiper blades while you are at it since these need regular replacement every six to twelve months.


3)    Check Your Seatbelts (And Wear Them!)


Whether you are carpooling kids around or shuttling friends to and from games, it is important that your seatbelts are in good order. A properly fitted seatbelt is the most effective way to avoid serious injury in an accident and it is your responsibility to make sure they all work and that all of your passengers wear them. Make sure the seatbelts secure tightly across the pelvis and rib cage. Our team of mechanics can fit an older car with modern seatbelts that are safer and more secure.


Now is also the time to install the right car seats or booster seats based on your child’s age and size. Check current guidelines to ensure everything is in order before the first day of school.


4)    Inspect Your Lights


Burnt out or broken headlights can impair your ability to see the road clearly and issues with rear lights can make it difficult for other vehicles to see you. Inspecting your lights and making sure they are in good working order is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents. Simply turn the lights on while the car is parked and walk around to ensure the headlights, taillights, blinkers, and hazards are functioning. Replace broken bulbs yourself or get help from our service center technicians.


5)    Inspect Your Brakes


Worn brakes can become a serious issue as you lose the ability to stop quickly. Look for warning signs like screeching, grinding, or clicking noises when you press on the brakes and if the brake light illuminates on your dash, it is time to come into our service center. Schedule a brake inspection with our technicians to see what the issue may be and replace worn brake pads or calipers before school is in full swing.


6)    Test Your Battery


Avoid coming out of class to a dead battery and test it out before the school year! If your vehicle is sluggish to start or if the radio or dashboard lights give you trouble, it might be time to look at a replacement. Batteries typically last three to five years. Our mechanics can test your battery during other routine maintenance or oil changes to save you time.


7)    Consider Back-Up Detection


Many newer models come with a back-up detection device with rearview video or warning signs when you back up or parallel park. These devices are extremely helpful for fitting into tight spots on campus and enhancing your overall safety. Talk to our service center about having a back-up detection device installed in the last few weeks of summer.


8)    Stock an Emergency Kit


Even when everything is in good condition, things can go wrong on the road. It is a good idea to have a couple of items on hand in case of an emergency. Pack your emergency kit with a flashlight, tire repair kit, first aid items, a simple tool kit, jumper cables, a blanket, cash, phone chargers, and any medicines or other items you might need should you get stuck somewhere.


Visit Our Service Centers Around Columbus


While several items on our checklist can be done by drivers in an afternoon, you might be unsure about performing some of the tasks or may need further inspection and more complicated maintenance work and repairs. If you need some trusted assistance to get your car, truck, or SUV ready for the school year, Byers Imports offers several Service Centers around Columbus that specialize in Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru.


Set up an appointment with our service professionals to take care of these crucial tasks. We offer extensive experience with the following services:

?      Oil Change & Fluid Checks

?      Wheel Alignment

?      Wiper Replacement

?      Tire Rotation, Alignment, & Balancing

?      Brake Inspections & Repair

?      Heat & A/C

?      Batteries

?      Steering & Suspension

?      Check Engine Warning Lights

?      General Inspections

?      Preventative Maintenance


Our dealership also offers a variety of service coupons and specials on parts and service to help you save up your cash for school. Talk to our team about rotating specials and how much your service might cost before your appointment.


Byers Imports is your source for the best selection of new and used vehicles, top-notch service, and affordable financing. Visit our Columbus dealership from Westerville, Upper Arlington, Gahanna, and the surrounding areas of Ohio!

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