Most vehicle owners don’t realize how much the weather affects their vehicle’s performance. With the winter months approaching, it is a good idea to winter-proof your car. As seen in our Comprehensive Guide to Auto Repair Services, many of the things you can do to winter-proof your vehicle can be done by yourself or for a low cost at an auto shop near you. If your car isn’t in winter mode it is more prone to expensive damage and the repairs will almost certainly cost more than the maintenance required to avoid them. We’ll break down some of the most basic preventative measures you can take to make sure your car is ready for the cold weather.
Check Your Fluid Levels
Checking your car’s fluids before and during Winter is crucial. Ensure the correct levels of engine oil (for easy cold starts), antifreeze (to prevent engine damage), and enough brake and power steering fluids for safe control. Also, keep windshield washer fluid topped up for clear visibility. Neglecting these checks can lead to car damage and unsafe driving.
Inspect and Install Wipers
Inspecting your current wipers, and replacing them, if necessary, should be one of the first steps you take to winterize your vehicle. During rain, sleet, and snow storms, you’ll want your wiper blades working at peak efficiency, and ones that are worn or in disrepair will not only jeopardize your car, but possibly your life. Additionally, consider installing winter wipers, which were specifically designed to tackle wintery conditions.
Make Sure Defrosters Work
With the risk of ice and frost forming on your car and obstructing your vision, your defrosters are absolutely critical during the Winter months. Make sure that they are in good working order before the temperatures get even worse. If you do detect any issues with your system, our electrical specialists will be able to help.
Check Your Battery
The last place you want your battery to die is in the freezing cold, or worse, in the middle of a snowstorm. Batteries tend to die more often in the winter because of the strain of the cold weather. If your battery needs to be replaced, it’s better to have it done before the winter months roll around. If you’re not sure about the condition of your vehicle’s battery, a professional can inspect it and let you know the best course of action.
Check Your Tire Pressure and Change it if Necessary
Once the temperature drops, tires tend to lose some of their pressure. Air contracts and expands based on the temperature, so you will need to increase the pressure in your tires during the winter to counteract the effects of the cold air.
Consider Getting a Set of Winter Tires
Winter tires have a special tread called “siping” that allows it to grip into the snow much more effectively than all-season tires, Also, winter tires are made of a softer rubber compound that is better suited for snowy conditions. If you already have a relatively new set of tires, it may not be worth the cost, but if you are due for a new set of tires anyway, winter tires are worth the cost during the winter months. It will make driving in snowy and icy conditions much easier and safer.
Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at the Start of the Season
Your brakes are under much more strain during winter than in other seasons. Not just the cold air but the moisture from snow and salt from the roads can cause rust and damage. There is a wide variety of road conditions in the winter, and all of this combined can do a number of your brakes, so it’s best to have them serviced before the weather gets really bad.
Keep Up With Maintenance & Service
In general, it’s always a good practice to make sure you are up to date with your vehicle’s normal maintenance and service cycles, such as oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, and more. By keeping your car as healthy as possible for as long as possible, you’ll be able to better guarantee its performance during the worst that winter has to offer.
Visit Our Red Bank, NJ Shop To Get Your Car Ready For Winter
Don’t let the cold weather get to you or your car. Call Bradley’s Auto Service in Red Bank, New Jersey, today to schedule an appointment. Our ASE-certified mechanics have built a reputation for providing honest, professional auto services and are ready to help you winterize your car.
Want to learn more about preparing your car for winter? Contact us today!