Fall Car Care Tips
Fall is the time of year to prepare your vehicle for the cold months ahead. The most frequently asked question by our customers this time of year is, “what does my vehicle need to be ready for winter?” The answer can vary depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle. As a general reference, this is a list of recommendations that we focus on for winter driving preparation:
Battery – we highly recommend replacing your battery if its 4 years old or older. Some batteries will last longer, however, cold weather greatly reduces the batteries ability to start the engine. Typically batteries fail with little or no warning. Testing your battery only confirms its current condition and is not reliable to predict its longevity.
Tires – proper inflation and tire tread depth are key to safe winter driving. Check your air pressure regularly. Replace your tires if the tread depth is less than 4/32″. No tread equals no traction. As rain turns to slush and slush to snow, wet weather braking and snow traction decrease as tires wear.
Fluids – replace your vehicle fluids when recommended by the manufacturer. Winter conditions are hard on vehicles. Fluids are the life blood of your vehicle and should be replaced when recommended.
Lights – see and be seen. Vehicles with faded acrylic headlight lenses can experience limited visability. The acrylic lens can be restored using a restoration kit. Restoring faded lenses can improve your ability to see at night and is a cost saving alternative to lense replacement.
Wiper Blades – there are many choices that work well in winter and year round. We recommend beam type or contour type blades. Wiper blades are often overlooked until you need them.
Many winter related problems can be prevented if you are proactive and catch a problem before it become a major issue. Having a skilled auto technician evaluate your vehicle can be the difference between having a reliable vehicle or being stranded.