Fall Tune Up
Even though the traditional tune-up is a thing of the past, at Adams Autoworx in Castro Valley we still recommend getting a vehicle checkup before the Fall driving season. Even though most modern cars are self-tuning ( computers adjust timing, air intake, richness of the air-fuel mixture, etc. on-the-fly), there is still a lot to be said for having a professional mechanic inspect your car before the rains and the cold weather.
It's always a good idea to check the condition of the car battery, as the cold weather makes a weak battery more likely to die, or often not be able to hold enough charge to start your car. We also recommend a visual inspection of the tires, to make sure there are no bald spots, and that the tread depth is sufficient to evacuate water and prevent hydroplaning.
While the car is in the shop, we also recommend brake inspection ( unless you had one done very recently ) - wet asphalt extedends the distance it takes to stop your vehicle, so good brakes are vital. While looking at the brakes, it's also good to check suspension, as worn out suspension components can also extend the stopping distance.
Naturally your vehicle's wiper blades need to do a good job of moving the water off the windshield - summer sun damages the rubber in wiper blades, so unless your vehicle comes with silicon wiper blads, we recommend a wiper blade check.
All in all, a Fall tune up will go a long way to keep away the prospect of being stuck on a side of the road during a rainstorm. Call us at the shop to make an appointment.