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Let’s talk about winterizing your vehicle!


It’s not as complicated as it sounds. It is super simple and can all be done when you schedule your next oil change!

Wiper blades are one of the most neglected parts of a vehicle and should be replaced if there are any scratches in the rubber. Not replacing them when they are streaky, could cause snow and ice to build up faster.

Even though they are rated for low temperatures, the changing weather can affect your battery. Having lower, sometimes freezing temperatures slow down the chemical reaction in your battery, weakening the power it distributes.

Having the proper mixture in your cooling system is a key factor in making sure your hoses don’t freeze. Having too much water in your antifreeze could lead to it freezing and taking a toll on your engine. An overheated engine in the winter won’t react the same way as it does in the summer. Instead of the steam that usually indicates that your engine is overheating, there will be a solid block in the hose which could end up seizing your engine. During our courtesy inspection, we test the level of water in your antifreeze. If it drops below a certain level, we may recommend a coolant flush.

To keep your engine running properly, your belts need to be free of any cracks and tears. Your serpentine belt is what powers your alternator, A/C compressor, and steering pump. In a few vehicles, it even incorporates a water pump.

Wintry weather conditions do not affect your brakes, but it is still important to have them checked. Brakes must work harder in the snow and ice to stop your vehicle, which can cause them to wear down faster than in the summer. Again, during your inspection, we will check your brakes to make sure they are in good condition.
Tires are the most important part of keeping traction in the snow. The deep grooves in your tires serve a purpose, so the more they get worn down, the less effective they are. These tread grooves are meant to help water or snow be expelled from underneath the tire to help prevent hydroplaning or sliding.

Last cold-weather tip? Assemble an an emergency kit just in case you were to get stuck and could end up being there for a little while. Keeping an extra heavy coat or wool blanket will help keep you warm, a solar-powered charger for your phone to stay in contact, snacks, water, and even extra hats and gloves. If you have kids, pack some toys or books to keep them distracted as well. It’s peace of mind knowing that in any situation, you are prepared.
Have a happy and safe winter!

Let’s talk about winterizing your vehicle!
Let’s talk about winterizing your vehicle!