Can you believe that autumn is already returning in Spirit Lake, Iowa? It seems like 2021 just began, and already the seasons are changing this month. To prepare your car for colder temperatures and slick, leaf-covered streets, make sure you follow these fall car care tips.
Inspect the battery
A battery can lose its charge over time — especially if you don’t drive your car very often. As fall arrives, take a minute to check your car battery’s charge to ensure it still has enough juice to start the engine. While you’re under the hood, take a minute to clean off the terminals so there isn’t any corrosive residue.
If your car’s battery is more than four years old, it’s wise to preemptively buy a new battery at Spirit Inn of Motor Lake.
Clean the headlights
It’s important to have the road ahead of you illuminated at night and when it’s raining. To ensure you see the street clearly, scrub the headlamp lenses to remove any grime or cloudiness. While you’re at it, wipe off the brake light lenses too. And if you notice any burnt bulbs, get those replaced ASAP.
Replace the wipers
It tends to rain a lot during autumn here in Spirit Lake, so make sure your car’s windshield wiper blades are clean, soft, and pliable. If they looked cracked or brittle, or if they leave streaks across the glass, it’s time to replace them with a set of new blades.
Check the tires
Tires with low tread depth take a longer distance to stop than one with deep tread. If your car’s tires have worn down and are nearly bald, it’s imperative to your safety that you buy a set of new tires that provide the traction and stability necessary for driving on leaf-covered roads.
Start autumn on the right foot by bringing your car for a maintenance checkup here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake. Our technicians will give it a thorough inspection to ensure it’s ready for the more dangerous driving conditions this year.
As the days get longer and warmer, many drivers get the urge to do some spring cleaning. This is a good time to give your car a spiffing up, as well as take care of some routine maintenance. From your friends at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, here a few helpful tips for spring cleaning your car.
On the inside
The first thing to do is remove everything loose from the inside of the car, including trash like fast-food containers and empty coffee cups, and important things like your snow brush and floor mats. Run a vacuum over all of the inside surfaces to remove crumbs and dust. Give the floor mats a good scrubbing with a stiff brush and then vacuum them when they dry. Wipe down the dashboard, door panels, center console, and any other hard materials in the car with a soft rag and a mild cleaner. Use a special product for screens to clean the information panels.
On the outside
Wash the exterior of the car with a product that is formulated to protect the finish. Rinse well and remove water with a squeegee to avoid streaking. Clean the tires with a stiff brush and a toothbrush to get into tight spaces. Use a microfiber cloth and a non-ammonia cleaner to give the windows a good shine.
Spring is also a good time to schedule things like oil changes, tire rotations, battery checks and more. Be sure to check your tire pressure, fluid levels, and underside for leaks and rust damage.
For any maintenance you might need, don’t hesitate to contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake and schedule a checkup!
Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in Iowa. We love seeing the leaves changing and feeling the crisp coolness in the air. If you are wanting to spend some time outdoors, here are some great fall attractions in Iowa.
Hawk Valley Garden
Every fall, Hawk Valley Garden, in Spencer, Iowa turns into a pumpkin patch. Head to the garden to pick out some pumpkins, decorative squash, or even some fantastic pumpkin stackers to impress all your neighbors.
Pikes Point State Park
We all love to visit Pikes Point in the summer and spend a
day on the beach. In the fall, you can visit the park to get a great view of
the beautiful fall colors. You can even head out on the water to see the leaves
on all sides of the lake.
Family Glow Walk
On Oct. 5, take your family on a fun nighttime adventure with a Glow Walk. The walk starts at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 6:30 p.m. Bring glow sticks to wear.
Little Monsters Halloween Walk
Have your kids put on their costumes and head to downtown
Spirt Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Downtown business will be handing out candy
from 2-4 p.m.
Contact us here at Motor Inn to schedule your vehicle’s fall service appointment. We’re here to ensure that your autumnal travels are as safe as they are fun.