Ah, Mother Nature, we love you so. One thing we don't like so much? The cold, winter weather. Our cars aren't the biggest fans of it, either. Regardless or not if there's snow on the ground, the harsh winter temps can implode havoc on your car, causing both long and short term damage. Here are four tips to help keep your car in the best condition possible admits the winter months.
1. Replace wiper blades. This is obviously an issue of safety just as it is maintenance. It's important to have your wipers working during the rain, snow, or ice that may be hitting you this winter so that you can see the road clearly. Changing the wiper blades around every six months is optimal, and will prevent scratching from worn out blades. This usually is a car maintenance task you can do yourself. However, we're here to help if needed!
2. Car Battery. It's important to make sure you keep your car's battery in excellent condition, especially in these winter months. According to Consumer Reports, at about 0° F, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at 80° F, so it's critical to make sure you have enough battery life, and you're checking it regularly. We can test this at our shop, just call us!
3. New Tires. If your area is prone to ice and snow, it may be time to look at other tire options. There are various types in a broad range of price points, so those who hold off on this part of their usual car maintenance need not worry, there are plenty of affordable options, just check the safety and quality ratings first. And of course, know it's best and safest to change all four at once. We're happy to offer this service to you.
4. Check & Change Your Oil. Cold weather can take a toll on your engine, so it's important to monitor your car's oil supply and quality. Keep in mind that cold weather thickens the motor oil, thus making it difficult for the engine to turn over. According to AutoTrader.com, it's important to keep a 50/50 ratio of antifreeze and water. This will keep your coolant from freezing until temperatures are well below zero. Colder conditions, however, can call for a 60/40 or 70/30 ratio. We're happy to check this for you, and provide you with an oil change as well!
How have you prepped your vehicle for the winter months?