Preparing your car for the winter months may not seem like a big deal, but really it can be. Little things overlooked have the potential to turn into larger problems. Maintenance is always cheaper than auto repair!
Here are a couple of key things that I recommend for inspection so your car performs well during these colder months.
Check Engine Coolant Levels
Check your engine coolant to ensure it’s ready to protect your engine in winter conditions. Your engine coolant level can normally be observed through the clear storage container under the hood. Not only is it important to have the proper level – it’s mandatory to have the proper mixture.
Have you ever topped off the coolant with water? Too much water in the mix will allow the fluid to freeze. Freezing water expands and can lead to major engine damage.
Assess Car Battery Function
Check the battery. The average life of a battery is about 3 years. At colder temps, your battery’s ability to provide enough power is diminished.
Auto repair shops can test the battery to ensure it’s fully charged and operational.
Inflate to Proper Tire Pressure
When the temperatures go down, so does the pressure in your tires. Keep them inflated to the proper levels. This helps with traction control and fuel economy.
Riding with tires that are not properly inflated can damage the tires themselves. Newer cars have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. The light on the dash will illuminate if one or more tires are low.
Be Safe with Lights and Windshield Wipers
Lights and windshield wipers are important safety equipment! You can’t safely operate a vehicle if you cannot see where you are going. It is equally important to be seen, by ensuring your lights are operational and turned on as the sun goes down and when it’s raining.
These are just a few things that you can do to make sure your car is in top shape for the winter driving months. If you have questions about these or any other car repair or maintenance items, a trained mechanic and trustworthy auto repair shop can provide detailed safety inspections to make sure you are ready for winter driving.Tags: