When the cold months roll around, automobile maintenance becomes even more important than it is during the summer months. Cold weather is rough on the engine with cold starts, and salts can eat away at the metal on your car.
Here are some steps that we have outlined, so you can take care of your car and prepare it for winter – here goes:
Check the antifreeze level
Making sure that your antifreeze level is correct and that the mixture is ideal for the climate where you live a very specific maintenance item that you need to take care of. If doesn’t feel confident checking it yourself you can often have it checked at your local service station.
Supervise the tires
Tires have to do a lot more work in the cold months, and if you want them to perform excellently, they need to have sufficient tread to grip the road. If you live in an area with a severely cold climate, you may have to invest in snow tires. Be sure to check that all the tires have sufficient tire pressure as well.
Take care of windshield wipers
Windshield wipers are a must to help you maintain visibility in blinding snowstorms. This may mean that you have to replace wiper blades that have worn out from use during the summer and fall. They are fairly easy to replace, just make sure that you purchase the correct size for the particular make and model. Along with wipers, windshield wiper fluid is necessary to cut down on the dirt and grime that can accumulate during the coldest months. It is vital to always use windshield wiper fluid in the reservoir since it will not freeze during winter.
A regular brake inspection is something that you should never skip out on. Rotors need to be checked for wear and brake pads should be able to handle the sometimes sharp braking necessary during the cold months. Brake drums for the rear brakes might require cleaning.
Change oil regularly
This is a necessary task, irrespective of the season, but it becomes even more important during winter because the engine works harder in cold weather. Thus you should get the oil changed as and when needed.
You can never be too careful when it comes to your car – by exercising precautions, not only do you guarantee your safety, but you prolong the lifespan of your automobile as well!
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