Winter Service Your Car Should Get
Routine maintenance can help improve your fuel economy, repair minor problems, and keep your car up and running for as long as possible! Winter service is even more important as winter is unlike any other season. Winter weather can make minor problems into major, very expensive repairs. Trust our service center to get your car ready to take on the snow and ice the right way!
The first step to keeping your car in the best possible shape is to follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. You can find when you need new spark plugs, oil changes, and tune ups. By simply following the maintenance schedule, you’ll be able to avoid most major problems.
Flush and refill the cooling system as recommended by the manufacturer. Use a mix of antifreeze and water. As a safety precaution, wait until the engine is cool before removing the radiator cap. A professional should also check the belts, clamps and hoses. Be sure to check on the level, condition, and concentration of the coolant throughout winter!
As the battery is the heart of your car, it’s important to check on it a few times year. When you examine the battery, look for anything out of the ordinary. Cracks, bulges, and leaks are signs you need to get a new one as soon as possible. If you fear your battery may have a leak, wear rubber gloves to avoid the battery acid. Depending on the climate, you battery can last anywhere from 30 months (hot climates) to 50 months (cold climates).
Double check to make sure your tires have enough tread to make it through winter. If there’s any uneven wear, cuts, or chips in the tire, it may be wise to get a new one. Don’t forget to check the tire pressure at least once a month!