5 Tips for Winter Car Care
It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, especially in the winter. This will increase the longevity and reliability of it. By having the vehicle maintained, all the parts and components will work, as they need to. We will be able to check the tires, fluid levels, and battery for you. Having the oil changed is also something that should not be ignored. The oil helps to lubricate the engine so it can operate effectively.
The battery is affected when the temperatures start to get colder. This is because it can reduce the cranking power it has. In fact, at about zero degrees, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at eighty degrees. If it is more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a top-rated model. We can advise you on what battery would be best for your vehicle.
You have to replace wiper blades more often than you might think. Even the best performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are sure signs that the blades are ready for replacement. While it is possible to stretch their life by cleaning the rubber edge of the blade periodically with a paper towel and glass cleaner, it is not safe to do that all winter long. Instead, get yourself new blades. We recommend replacing wiper blades as often as twice per year.
If you cannot see out the windows, you are a danger to yourself and everyone around. Do not try to use the wipers and those brand-new wiper blades to remove ice from the windshield. Instead, use an ice scraper on frosty mornings. By making sure all the windows are clear of ice, frost, and snow, you can have the best visibility possible when you are driving. Also make sure that the windshield washer fluid is topped off. This helps to remove any slush, salt, or road grime that may splash onto the windshield. Also make sure the heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it is in the defrost mode. Finally, check that all the vehicle’s lights are working properly, so that you will have optimum visibility at night and motorists front and rear will be able to see you.
Cold weather can beat up your engine. Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Whenever you have the oil changed, replace the oil filter as well to ensure the system has the maximum amount of flow.
When inspecting the tires, check the tread and air pressure in them. This can help ensure that they can rotate properly when driving. You can also bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect the tires for you. This can help ensure a safe and reliable vehicle.