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The days are slowly getting shorter, our enthusiasm for the open road and cruising with the top down is fading. Here in Canada, most mornings start with sub 20°C temperatures (68°F in freedom units). Soon enough, the roads will be covered in snow and ice, and that means the season of extreme car wear and tear begins. For those of us living in the salt belt or Canada, we’re no stranger to the season of salt, and the effect it has on your vehicle. Before we get into fall and winter, we’ll take a look at the parts that were likely given the biggest workout over the summer months.

Given that its the season of road trips, summer driving lends itself mostly to long trips in the car. The nice weather also means that more performance oriented vehicles are hitting the roads. More performance can mean more wear on a vehicle, which can wear out these parts faster. To keep your vehicle working its best, be sure to keep an eye on these parts.

The killer time for suspension parts is in spring, when potholes first start to form. Over the summer months, your vehicle’s suspension is what helps smooth out these bumps and cracks as you drive over them. Combined with the high temperatures and extended driving, and your suspension can quickly become something that requires attention. What’s important to remember about suspension is that it isn’t just there for comfort, but also for maintaining even contact with the road. This becomes crucial the more severe the weather gets.

In addition to suspension, other parts of the wheel maybe become tired by the end of the summer as well. Control arms, a part of the vehicle that attaches your suspension and the wheel to frame, can take a beating and could require a change. A major item you might notice wear out is hub bearings. These bearings are what allow your vehicles wheels to rotate freely and easily. They can eventually begin to break down and become contaminated, creating friction that can rob you of your performance. Faulty wheel bearings can also contribute to a decline in fuel economy from increased friction.

For a safe wheel, checking your hubs and suspension can go a long way in preventing any damages this coming fall and winter. Things like strut mounts can end up rusting well through the summer, and you do not want to be driving when a strut mount fails. A failed strut mount essentially puts the entire suspension into the body of the car.

In addition to wheel and suspension parts, the end of summer can be a good time to check and assess your brakes. Given that touring at high speeds is coming to a close for the year, you’ll find yourself in more stop and go conditions. When you also factor in how important it can be the stop suddenly in poor weather, it makes sense to check your brakes for the fall and winter sooner rather than later.

The majority of these parts might not need to be replaced yet, but knowing where your vehicle stands before the coming winter can be crucial. It may seem like we’re jumping the gun on preparing for winter, but in some cases snowfall may only be a month away. Having enough time to assess any potential dangers as well as any unexpected costs can leave you better prepared for the coming months, which will be hard on your vehicle. As always, stocks a wide range of quality auto parts for less, and we’ll more than get you ready for the coming winter months!

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