Is Jack Frost nipping at your nose? That’s a sign that winter is just around the corner. The weather is changing, which means it’s time to prepare your car for winter driving. Keeping your vehicle in good condition will ensure that your ride is reliable and running smoothly during the drop in temperature and for your upcoming winter road trips. Here are some helpful tips to get your car ready for the colder months ahead with our winter car maintenance tips.
6 Tips For Winterizing Your Vehicle
If you hear a squeaky or grinding sound, that’s a warning that it’s time to check your brakes right away, especially before winter hits. Having bad breaks on a slick or icy road poses a risk for yourself and others. Over time your brake pads will wear down and will not be as affected. Bring your vehicle in immediately to Walt’s Auto Service to get your brakes inspected.
Test Your Battery
The colder weather dramatically affects your vehicle’s battery because the defroster and heater are used more frequently when it’s cold. Test your battery to ensure it’s durable and will last through the winter season.
Change your oil as needed, and pay attention to the indicator light. The cold will make your oil thicker, reducing the engine’s circulation and the oil’s effectiveness. Keeping up on your oil changes is essential to a happy and healthy engine.
Windshield Wiper Inspection
When you give your windshield wipers a look over, keep an eye out for imperfections, such as cracks or splintering. If you see any damage to your blades, replace them without a second thought. You don’t want to get caught up in a blinding rainstorm with tattered windshield wipers. Prepare and inspect your wipers before the rainy season starts to have a clear vision ahead.
Prevent ending up on the side of the road in freezing temps with a flat tire. Your tires help you stay safe on the road and to break quickly. Check your tires for tread wear. If your tires are worn down or have minimal tread it will be more difficult for you to stop and could be very dangerous on icy and slippery roads. Getting your tires inspected before the change in weather will give you a peace of mind.
The Penny Test
To check your tire’s tread, use the penny test. Place the penny in the groove of your tire with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you, then stick the penny into the tread grooves across the tire. If Lincoln’s head is visible while in the groove, your tread is less than 2/32 of an inch, which means it’s time to replace your tires.
The drop in temperature will have an impact on your tires. Check your tire pressure on all of your tires, including your spare, regularly at least once a month.
Check your four-wheel-drive system to make sure it’s working correctly. You’ll need to see if the system engages and disengages easily. You can bring in your four-wheel drive to us, and we will inspect it for you.
Emergency Road Kit
If you are going on a winter road trip, don’t leave home without an emergency road kit. Keeping a winter kit in your car is proactive and helps you in case of roadside emergencies.
What To Pack:
- Extra pair of gloves and a hat
- Jumper cables
- Spare Tire
- Wiper Blades
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
Here at Walt’s Auto Service, we are ready to help you winterize your car. Don’t hesitate to call. Your safety is paramount to getting your winter car maintenance for the rainy weather ahead. To schedule an appointment, contact us by phone or fill out the appointment form online.