It’s that time of year again – the cold weather is settling in, and it’s time to start preparing your car for winter.
States like Pennsylvania are already experiencing new record-breaking lows. That means there isn’t much time to prepare your car for the colder temperatures to come.
If you’re not sure what you need to do to get your car ready for the season, don’t worry! We’ve put together a quick winter car maintenance guide to help you out.
Read on to learn how to winterize your car like a pro.
Winter Maintenance Service Check
The first step for winter maintenance is to get your car serviced. Do this before the winter sets in. This means taking your car to a reputable service station for an oil change and other inspections.
During this process, the technician will check that your brakes are functioning properly, top off any fluids such as coolant and wiper fluid, inspect hoses and belts, and check your battery. This will help ensure that your car runs optimally when the temperatures start to dip.
Check Your Tires
Next, it’s important to make sure your tires are in good condition for winter driving. Make sure they have plenty of tread and check the air pressure so that you don’t run into any issues while driving in the cold.
Tire pressure tends to drop in the winter, so check your tires regularly and top off the air as needed. Additionally, consider investing in snow tires for extra traction during icy conditions.
Add Antifreeze and Windshield Washer Fluid
Add antifreeze to your car’s cooling system and windshield washer fluid designed specifically for colder temperatures. This will help ensure that they don’t freeze and cause any damage to your car while driving through snow or ice.
Fill Up on Gasoline
Try to keep your gas tank at least half full throughout the season. Not only will this save you money on fuel costs, but it will also help keep your car from freezing in cold temperatures. If the tank is too low, the water vapor condensation that naturally occurs inside the tank can freeze and cause a blockage.
Check Wiper Blades and Lights
Before you head out on any wintry roads, check your wiper blades and lights to ensure they are in proper working order. You want to be able to clearly see the road ahead of you while driving through snowy or icy conditions. It’s also important that other drivers are able to easily spot your vehicle when it’s dark out, so take some time to inspect all of your car’s exterior lights as well.
Park in a Garage or Covered Area Whenever Possible
Finally, try to park your car in a garage or other covered area whenever possible. This will help protect it from the elements and prevent rust and corrosion caused by snow and ice. Consider getting a protective snow cover if there isn’t a garage available.
Winterize Your Car Today
These simple maintenance tips will help keep your car running smoothly this winter and get you safely from point A to point B! With proper care, you can keep your car running all season smoothly long.
Keep your car safe, warm, and happy this winter with The Repair Shop! We’re committed to giving our customers the best service possible – always. Give us a call today, and let us help you prepare your car for winter weather.