Is Your Car Ready for Winter?
Regular car maintenance helps to keep your car running properly. However, you may not realize that your vehicle needs special maintenance in the fall, right before winter hits. Winter temperatures can have an adverse effect on your car, causing the fluids to freeze, the battery to freeze and your regular tires to become inefficient. That's why it's so important for you to take steps to winterize your car. Here are a few of the things that should be done in order prep for the upcoming freezing temperatures.
Pay Close Attention to Your Tires
Your tires will help guide you through snow and glide you across ice safely. Depending on the type of vehicle you drive and where you live, you may want to switch to snow tires to give you a better grip on the road. If you don't live in an area where these are needed, check out the tread on your existing tires. If the tread is wearing, replace the tires before the cold months. Generally, it is advised to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln's head facing down. If some of his head is covered by the tread, you're fine. If you can see all of his head, the tread is too thin and should be replaced. And lastly, always ensure any tires on your car are properly inflated before winter hits!
Replace Your Battery, if Needed
If you have an older battery, it may not have enough juice left in it to start your car when it's cold out. And if that's the case, you may find yourself with a car that won't start when you need to go to work or the grocery store. If you're running on an old battery, fall is a great time to replace the battery and prevent this problem. Most auto parts stores and auto repair shops can test your battery and let you know if it is near the end of its lifespan if you are unsure.
Have a Professional Winterize Your Car
The last step is getting your car professionally inspected and winterized. A professional can drain away fluids that aren't needed, like windshield wiper fluid, to prevent this fluid from freezing and cracking your lines. They can switch your oil to a lower viscosity, preventing freezing. The mechanics will top off your antifreeze to prevent overheating, which can occur even in the winter months, and they can ensure you have no cracked hoses, leaks or other issues that can cause major problems in your vehicle.
Winter can take a toll on your car. Preparing your vehicle for the colder months can help it make it through without any unforeseen issues. If you are looking to winterize your luxury vehicle or have import auto repair services performed before the cold temperatures hit, visit Concierge Auto Repair. We can help you with all of your car repair and maintenance needs, including those on luxury or import cars. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!