As the temperatures become colder, you will need to make sure your vehicle is still operating efficiently and at top performance levels. Your vehicle should be brought in regularly to ensure that it is at top performance levels. You will not want to be stranded by a dead battery or get into an accident because you cannot see out of the windows. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in for maintenance, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule. The battery is an important part for your vehicle. Cold temperatures reduce the cranking power for the battery. At about 0° F, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at 80° F. If it is more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a new one. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can test it for you. Sometimes the battery may just need to be charged, while other times it may be defective or worn out. The windshield wiper blades are replaced more often than you might think. Ideally, the wipers should be replaced every six months. This will help to keep them in good condition, as well as working efficiently. If the wipers have streak marks or missed areas of glass, it is time to have them replaced. Along with checking the windshield wipers, you will also want to inspect all of the windows of your vehicle. If you cannot see out the windows, you are a danger to yourself and everyone around. Do not try and use the wipers to remove ice from the windshield. Instead, use an ice scraper on frosty mornings. With dirt, slush, and salt residue being kicked up off the road, it is likely that you will be using your windshield washers more, so keep your windshield-washer reservoir filled with a winter-blend washer solution that contains an antifreeze agent. The cold weather can cause issues for the engine as well. Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Whenever you have the oil changed, replace the oil filter as well to ensure the system has the maximum amount of flow. If you are not sure what type of oil to have in your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can advise the right oil for the make and model of your vehicle. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can recommend when the oil and oil filter should be changed. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you need to drive, no matter what time of the year it is.
It is always important to inspect your tires regularly, but always remember to do so in the winter. This is because the colder temperatures can cause the air pressure to get low. If the tires are under inflated, they may be more prone to blow out when you are driving on the road. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can lead to poor tread wear on the tires. As the tires rotate, they will start to wear down the tread based on how inflated they are. If you notice the tread wear is uneven, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you. It may be beneficial to have the tires rotated or aligned properly. We can also inspect the air pressure in the tires to ensure they are properly inflated to the correct amount. Another thing to check on the tires is how they are wearing. If you see signs of cracks or damage, the tires should be replaced as soon as you can. A poor tire can cause added time, money, and stress to you. Also remember to inspect the spare tire of your vehicle. The spare tire is important because you will have to rely on it incase something happens to one of the other four tires. The air pressure, tread wear, and overall condition should also be inspected on the tires. This way the spare tire will be ready to use incase you need to drive on it. When you drive on the spare tire, you will want to remember how to drive on it. You should not drive more than fifty miles per hour on the spare tire. This is because it is smaller and will not be able to rotate as efficiently as the other tires. You should also not drive more than fifty miles on the tire. The spare tire is designed to be a temporary fix until you are able to have the tire repaired. If you are not sure if the spare tire is in good condition, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.