The Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations came to an end. Your truck put in quite the work during the summer season! But it’s now time to get your truck back into shape. Use this checklist to get your truck ready for the fall season and ensure it’s ready for the fall hunting season.
Examine and Change the Oil
The motor oil is the first component of your truck to examine. Going on road trips, hauling a boat or a camper, and off-roading put great pressure on the engine.
It’s about time to check and change the oil in your truck. Use the dipstick to determine the oil level and the color. This simple test will give you all the information you need for what to do next.
Check the Tread of the Tires
Many people praise trucks for their sturdy nature. One of the components that contribute to this fact is the use of large tires with thick treads.
You’ll want to check the tires’ tread depth. Tread depth is the vertical measurement of the top of the tire to the bottom of the groove. The more you drive, the thinner the tread depth will become.
The front steering tires should have no less than 2/32 of an inch tread. The other tires can have a minimum depth of 1/32 of an inch for safe driving. If any tires are below the minimum accepted tread depth, it’s time to invest in new truck tires.
Evaluate the Truck’s Seats
The summertime likely wasn’t kind to your truck’s interior. Traces of sticky soda spills and mildew smells from weekends at the lake might linger on the seats. Some seats even suffer rips from accidental cuts during adventures.
Start by vacuuming the seats and blotting stains with a mild cleanser designed for the seats’ material to make them shine. Next, try to repair any holes and cuts. It’s possible to repair materials such as leather, cloth, and synthetic seats with a bit of elbow grease.
If your thorough cleaning and repairs don’t succeed, there are other options. You can decide if you should reupholster seats or buy seat covers for your truck. Both choices will transform the truck’s interior into one that’s extraordinarily comfortable for fall.
Replace the Windshield Wipers
Have you ever wondered why the windshield wipers squeak and never fully clear the windshield? Prolonged UV exposure damages the rubber blades. After the extensive summertime heat, the windshield wipers may be worn down and ineffective.
Replacing the windshield wipers is an essential component on the checklist to get your truck ready for fall! The potential of snow, ice, rain, and foggy mornings and nights requires dynamic wipers to create a clear view while driving down the road or through the woods.
Ensure You Have an Emergency Kit
The fall weather brings about cooler temperatures. It’s the season on the brink of snow and ice. Store an emergency kit in the truck as a precaution. The kit should include jumper cables, a car jack, a spare tire, a first aid kit, blankets and gloves, basic car tools, and flashlights.
Trucks are versatile and tough machines, but they need care at times, too. Be sure to follow these tips so your truck is safe and sound for every fall excursion.