If you want your vehicle to run safely and efficiently for years to come, you need to make sure that it gets service and maintenance regularly. This is especially important in the winter, when the weather can take a real toll on your vehicle. To ensure that your ride is up for the task at hand, you’ll want to consider these key winter service tips.
When was the last time you had your vehicle’s battery checked? If it’s been a while, then it’s important to have it tested as soon as possible. While an older battery may be able to manage in the fall, the low temperatures of winter can cause weaker batteries to lose their charge entirely. If you haven’t had a new battery put in in five years, you may be due for a replacement.
Take a look at the belts under your car’s hood, checking for cracks or any signs of damage. Be sure to look at the entire belt, inspecting both the top and bottom. If you notice any signs of wear, it may be time to have them replaced
As with car batteries, tires can take a hit from cold weather. Changes in temperatures often affect the air pressure in tires, which means that drivers should check the air pressure on their car’s tires regularly and top it off when needed. Additionally, it’s important to examine tires for signs of damage and wear, like bulges, cracks, or low tread.
With snow, ice, and rain, plus the grime that builds up from road salts, it’s so important to have plenty of washer fluid in your car’s reservoir. Buy winter-specific washer fluid that has antifreeze in it for the best results.
Even if you have washer fluid in the reservoir, it won’t do you any good if you have old wiper blades. Change your wiper blades at the beginning of the winter season, and every six months or so, to ensure good visibility.
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