3 Maintenance Tips for Winter

 

In the winter it is important to keep your vehicle operating in the best condition possible. The best way to ensure that the vehicle is working correctly is to bring it in for regular maintenances. By having the vehicle inspected, we can look for parts and components that might be starting to wear. This way we can advise you on the best way to have them repaired or replaced. Having the parts in the best condition can help save you time, money, and stress in the long run.


The Battery

The colder temperatures can sometimes cause the battery to go dead without any warning. Even if the vehicle sits in the garage, you will want to make sure that the battery is properly charged and in great condition. If you notice that the battery is starting to wear out and the vehicle is becoming hard to start, make sure to bring the vehicle in. The poor power could be caused from a faulty alternator, slipping drive belts, or a loose or corroded battery terminal. All batteries can lose strength over time. It can sometimes happen to new batteries that you just purchase, although this is less common. If you drive only short distances with the lights and other accessories on, it can cause the battery to drain.


Issues Starting

In winter temperatures, owners of a wide variety of vehicles find that the engine will not turn over, or that it runs roughly when first fired up. Depending on the make and model, a frozen relay or valve may be the culprit. Batteries also lose significant capacity as the temperature drops, compounded by thickening motor oil that puts a greater load on the battery.

 

Windshield Wipers

 

To help maintain the best visibility possible, make sure that you have the windshield wipers replaced on a regular basis. They will start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are signs that the blades should be replaced as soon as you have time. It is recommended to replace the blades twice a year. If you are unsure if the wiper blades should be replaced, make sure to contact us and we can recommend when they should be.

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