By Tim Jimenez

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (CBS) –– A chill in the air and it feels like fall in the Delaware Valley. And so AAA says now is the time to get your cars ready for winter.

AAA says you can do a safety check on your own, but if, for example, cleaning your car battery terminals isn’t up your alley, AAA Mid-Atlantic Safety and Performance coordinator Steve Baur says go see a mechanic.

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“You kind of wish the car would heal itself, but it’s not going to.”

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Car battery health, exhaust system, windshield wipers and light bulbs all should get a look, according to AAA. And Bauer says with tire pressure lights popping up frequently with colder temps, it’s a good reminder to make sure your tires are up to speed.

“Check your tire pressure and the condition of your tires because you’re going to get rain and leaves and slush and snow and ice.”

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Bauer says many people tend to put off maintenance, but it will be well worth it to spend the time and money now before small problems turn into big issues that will cost you more.