Winter is in full swing! We hope you’ve been staying safe out on the slick roads. This season can be filled with plenty of fun, but the weather conditions can be tough on your vehicle. To help keep you safe and keep your car in good condition, we’ve compiled some winter maintenance tasks for you to check off.
Check your battery. Your battery has to work harder in the cold because it requires more energy to start. Have a technician test the charge of your battery—if your battery hasn’t been replaced in years, you’ll need a new one. Older batteries really struggle in the winter, so a new one is the way to go!
Check your tire pressure. This is a task that needs to be done regularly throughout the winter. It’s a good rule of thumb to check your tire pressure every two weeks, especially if the temperature has dropped drastically. We’re no strangers to sudden subzero temps! Cold weather causes your tire pressure to drop, which leaves you with underinflated tires.
Replace your wipers. If your wipers are new, you don’t need to replace them again, but if it’s been a while, get them replaced. You’ll know when they need replacing if they aren’t doing a good job of clearing the windshield—this will usually be accompanied by a loud squeaking sound. If we’re in for a lot of snow this season, you need to be able to rely on your wipers to keep your windshield clear.
Refill your wiper fluid. You’ll be using more wiper fluid to keep your windshield clean during winter, especially from everything the cars in front of you are kicking up. Because we deal with such cold temperatures, get wiper fluid that is labeled as a de-icer or one that won’t freeze.
Check the antifreeze. This prevents the water in the engine’s cooling system from freezing in the winter. Depending on the vehicle, the antifreeze needs to be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, so check with your technician if you’re concerned about the antifreeze level.
Get winter tires. We still have a long, cold winter ahead of us, so it’s not too late to have winter tires put on. These provide better traction on ice and snow, preventing accidents and reducing the chances of hydroplaning.
Have your brakes checked. When driving on slush and snow, your brakes need to be in good shape to prepare for any loss of control. The anti-lock brake system is important in winter, as sometimes sudden stops can be hard to avoid. If your brakes haven’t been inspected or replaced in years, it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle in to have a technician check them.
We hope this checklist will prepare your vehicle for winter driving. When you need a part checked or replaced, give Auto Works a call. We’re happy to help!