Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter
Winter has arrived early this year, with snowfall covering the roads all-over the northern half of the United States. Weather accidents, stalling vehicles and holiday shoppers make the roads as busy and dangerous as ever. Whether you are traveling to visit family, friends or simply driving to work during this cold season, be sure to check and maintain your vehicle to prevent delays or potential problems. Here is a list of what you should check, double-check, or have a professional look at:
- Your Owner’s Manual – If you haven’t looked yet, your vehicle’s owner manual holds everything you need to know regarding your vehicle including manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.
- Engine Performance – Are you already having a difficult time starting your vehicle, car shaking too much while idling, stalling, signs of low power. The cold weather will only make it worse!
- Filters – Air, Fuel and PCV filters are important. Replacing a dirty filter with a new clean one will prevent build-up and keep your engine running efficiently; all the while burning less gasoline.
- Oil Changes – With traffic this holiday season, your vehicle will be constantly stop-and-go. Meaning you will be burning oil at a much faster rate. Be sure to follow your manual and get the recommended oil and filter change.
- Fuel De-icer – Simply adding a bottle of fuel de-icer once a month to your gas tank will help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.
- Battery Check – You will need to buy or take your vehicle to someone that has the professional equipment to accurately detect if you have a weak battery. If you prefer to look at the battery yourself, beware of the hazards by wearing eye protection and protective rubber gloves.
- Inspect Lights and Bulbs – If you have burnt out bulbs replace them or get them fixed! In this weather when the snow falls and visibility becomes an issue. Having good working bulbs to let other vehicles see you will save you or prevent you from getting caught in a serious accident.
- Replace Old Blades – Are your wipers not cleaning off your windshield good enough? Leaving streaks across your windshield making it difficult to see at times. Don’t just try to see through your windshield with the blades you got, get it fixed and get some new ones so you can see the road in front of you.
- Brakes – Check those brakes periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect. There are many dangers with braking issues on a slippery road!
- Cooling/Heating System – The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended by the manual. If you are checking or changing the coolant yourself, be sure to remember to never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! Also make sure your heater and defroster is in great working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
- Emergency Kit – Having an emergency kit in your trunk is always a good idea. You never know when you might be stuck on the side of the road. Extra gloves, boots, blankets, rations, flares, shovel, tire chains, flashlight, spare batteries and car chargers could save you in situations to where help could be a while away.
- Tires – Be sure to check your tires to prevent slips and blow-outs. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, cuts, nicks and cupping. Check all of your tire’s pressure to make sure they are at the recommended PSI set by your owner’s manual. Lastly be sure to always have a jack and a spare wheel just in case.
The main thing to take away from these tips is that a safe and maintained vehicle with recommended supplies will only help you in staying on top of things and ready for any situation you may encounter with your vehicle during the winter. For more professional help, give our service department a call at (330) 752-1240, and let’s have a look to see if your vehicle is in the best condition it can be in for the winter or the time to come.
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