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Do I need to do anything to get my vehicle ready for this cooler autumn weather?

Toyota brakes_03The two most important issues in preparing your vehicle for autumn driving and that must be in great shape are by far the tires and brakes.

Brakes are so important in both autumn and winter, because of slippery road conditions. You want your vehicle to come to a complete stop quickly, without skidding. Most people think of winter with ice and snow, but autumn often has side roads covered in slippery, wet leaves, making it difficult to stop. Even dry leaves can present a challenge because they can make it difficult to see potholes, curbs and street markings. They even present a fire hazard should leaves get into a hot muffler or tailpipe.

The brakes are your vehicle’s most important safety feature. They should be checked routinely when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change. Because brakes are a normal wear item, brake linings, drums and rotors, as well as brake fluid, should be checked at each oil change.

If you feel that your brakes are not functioning properly, bring them in to the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion Service Department and we will give you an objective opinion on how to get your brakes functioning at maximum capacity. Every month we offer special coupons on our website to help you save money.


Tires are the next most important safety feature, as they can affect the car’s ride, handling and traction. They are that critical connection between your vehicle and the road in all types of driving conditions. To maximize tire life and safety, check the inflation pressure and the tread depth, and inspect the sidewalls for cracks or punctures. As a general rule, tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles and balanced. This is something else the Jaffarian Service Department can check when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change.

This is also the time of year, because of the drop in temperature at night and in the morning, that you’ll often see the tire pressure light come on. Tire pressure needs to be adjusted for fall and winter driving. Improper pressure not only affects your vehicle’s ride, handling and safety, but it also means you burn gas a higher rate, so it costs money in the long-run. (To learn more about tire pressure, please watch my You Tube video or come into our showroom for the “How Do I” sessions where we will show you how!)

As a dealer, we offer you the correct make and model for your vehicle. Our tires are new, first quality tires. A recent Boston television expose reported on tires that are date stamped and sometimes years old. Consumers were educated on the importance of buying newly-manufactured tires. I addressed the difference in buying tires from a dealership vs. discount warehouse stores in a previous Ask Gary column. I encourage you to be informed when it comes to buying tires. Not all tires are created equal.

This entire month, Toyota is offering a Tire Savings Event, whereby you can buy three tires and get the fourth for one dollar! We’ve talked about the importance of “keeping your Toyota a Toyota” in a previous Ask Gary column and buying the right tires is one way to do that by purchasing the perfect match for your vehicle. This special sale event includes top name-brands including Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli, Toyo and more. Two-year road hazard protection is included in the price of the tires.

Be safe this fall when driving by keeping your brakes in top-top shape and having the right tires with the proper inflation for your vehicle and this season.

Ask Gary Jaffarian

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