While any time of the year is a good time for auto maintenance, there are some particular steps to take to help ensure that your vehicle performs well and keeps you safe on the road when the overnight temperatures drop around freezing.
From adding new antifreeze to brake inspections, there are a number of ways to get your vehicle ready for winter. Here’s a look at six of those ways.
Check Heaters and Defrosters
When you come out to your car in the morning after a cold, cold night, you want to be confident that you’ll be able to defrost quickly and get on your way.
After flushing out the old stuff, you can replace it with the new to make sure that it’s fully doing it’s job.
Check Battery and Charging System
Cold weather can be brutal on a battery and you don’t want to end up stranded on the side of the road in the wintertime.
Check Tire Tread and Pressure
In winter, it’s an especially good idea to keep an eye on this because of the increased potential for inclement weather.
While it’s always important to have a braking system that is functioning perfectly, there’s an increased chance that you’ll need to slam on the pedal during the winter months. You don’t want to find out that you have a brake problem at the same time that you have to use them during a perilous moment.
Check Exhaust System
In the winter months, you’re more likely to have your windows rolled up, so you want to make sure you don’t have an exhaust leak.