Winter is here, and it's time to take care of your car. Winter weather isn't kind to vehicles, especially if you don't do the right maintenance before it begins. You can do many things to ensure your vehicle is ready for cold weather driving. Here are some common winter maintenance checks every driver should do before they hit the road this season.
Check the Tire Pressure and Tread
As a general rule, you should check your tires and the tread depth at least once a month. Check for uneven wear on the tires. Contact an auto repair shop if there is any bulging or if you see signs of damage (cuts or cracks).
Check Your Battery
Your car's battery is one of the most important components in your vehicle because it provides the power you need to start your engine. However, cold weather can stress a battery and cause it to fail. The first sign that something is wrong with your car's battery maybe when you turn on your headlights, and they do not come on. If this happens during winter months, you should check for a frozen or dead battery.
Ensure Your Wiper Blades Are in Good Condition
Replace the wiper blades every six months or when they are streaking, skipping, cracked or damaged. Worn wiper blades can scratch the windshield and make it difficult to see clearly in inclement weather.
It is also important to check your windshield washer fluid level and ensure you have enough fluid for winter driving conditions. You can run out of washer fluid if you live in an area with lots of snow.
You can keep your car safe throughout the winter. If you need to get your vehicle ready for the winter, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Strande's Garage today!