A few preventive vehicle maintenance steps will lessen the potential of you being stranded in severe winter weather. An investment of an hour or so to have your vehicle checked will pay off and help make sure your winter driving is less frightful and more delightful.
Cary Car Care recommends the following steps for making sure your vehicle is ready for the winter weather:
- Check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Extreme temperatures are hard on batteries.
- Have the protectant level of the coolant checked. New coolant should be freeze protected up to -32 degrees. If the cooling system has not been serviced in the last 60K miles, we recommend that be completed.
- Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Although, break downs of these systems cannot always be foreseen, we want to make sure they are working as normal before winter weather sets in.
- Check the tire tread depth and consistently check the tire pressure. The colder temperatures can cause the pressure to drop frequently so we recommend checking it weekly and certainly come see us if the tire pressure light comes on! We check tire pressure at no charge! Additionally, you want to be sure the tires have some tread life remaining so as to help against sliding in winter weather snow and slush.
- Check the brakes. In this area, the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) is so important when driving on snow and ice. Check the mechanics of the brakes and that the ABS system is functioning as it should.
- Check to confirm that exterior and interior lights are working and that headlights are properly aimed.
During Cary Car Care’s courtesy inspection, some of these items will be checked; however, it’s important to have a conversation about your individual needs and expectations. Are you taking your vehicle up north where the winter weather is more harsh? Will your car be sitting outside while you’re traveling? All questions to consider about what practices are best for your situation. Talk to us! Although we’re hoping for “no mo’ snow!” we understand the reality is that there is always a possibility.
Hopefully, for the remaining winter months, we’ll all stay safe and warm!