Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

When the season changes from fall to winter, you have a to-do list for your car to prepare for icy and snowy roads and cold temperatures. You then keep yourself safe and prevent any unnecessary damage to your vehicle. We have a few tips to assist.

Check Your Coolant Levels

Every year before winter, check the coolant levels in your car. Add a 50/50 mix of coolant and water. Ideally, flush out the system first before adding any coolant.

Evaluate Your Battery

Make sure your battery is in good condition before running your vehicle in cold weather. The frigid temperatures can drop your battery's performance, thus causing you to have trouble starting your automobile. A decent battery will hold up better.
As you inspect your battery, assess the cables and terminals, as well, to ensure they're tight and corrosion free.

Assess Your Tires

At the beginning of winter and several times throughout, check your tires' air pressure. The temperature change can cause a decrease in your tires' pressure. Ultimately, this can make it more difficult for you to stop your vehicle. You may find how much your air pressure should be by reading your automobile's owner's manual.
If you're putting previously used all-season or winter tires on your vehicle, check their tread first. You need at least 3/32 inches of tread for winter driving. If you don't have all-season or winter tires, invest in a set.

Inspect Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Look at how well your wiper blades remove rain or snow from your vehicle. If you notice they streak or miss spots, replace them to prepare for snowy conditions. You may even want to consider the winter wipe blades with the rubber boots. These decrease snow and ice buildup, so they can better clean the glass.

If you're getting your vehicle winter ready, contact Snellville Auto Center today for assistance.

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