Winter Car Care Tips

Winter's not over yet!

Follow these tips to keep your car in great shape through the winter months.

Sure, we’re in the dead of winter — but it’s not too late to make sure your car is winter-proof. A few small efforts can add longevity to your car this winter. Plus, you’ll save money on costly repairs in the long run.

Make sure your battery has boost

Cold weather can cause your battery to lose a significant amount of its power. Up to 1/3 when temperatures drop below freezing! Even worse, the starter will also draw more current because a cold engine can be difficult to start. Keep in mind that the average battery life is 3–5 years. Prevent battery-related issues by having your battery and electrical system checked twice a year by a service professional.

Show your tires some TLC

Having good tires ensures your safety and gives you peace of mind, but they often go overlooked. Examine the tread of your tires for uneven wearing and sidewall nicks and cuts —If you notice signs of wear and tear, have your tires checked by a service professional. And don’t forget about tire pressure! Under-inflated tires make your engine work harder and use excess gasoline.

Keep up with regular maintenance

Your beloved vehicle sends warnings before conditions escalate into bigger problems. Pay attention to your dashboard gauges and warning lights. Even better, be proactive with preventive maintenance. Always use the recommended coolant type/mixture and consult your owner’s manual or the OEM website for the proper maintenance intervals. Use winter-blend washer solution when refilling the windshield washer reservoir. While you’re under the hood, examine the radiator and heater hoses for cracks or leaks. Make sure to consult with a service professional if anything looks out of line.

Keeping your car in great shape through the winter months doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Routine engine checks and fluid changes can go a long way — long enough to carry you well into spring!
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