It's that time of year again. Time to get our cars, trucks and vans ready for the winter that will be upon us before we know it. It may just be the middle of October but the cold mornings will be here soon and it's time to prepare our vehicles.
What should you do you might ask? Well, I'd start with a thorough check of your fluids. Have your engine oil changed and also check your power steering, brake, radiator coolant and transmission fluid levels.
Now is a good time to replace your windshield wipers with a good winter wiper blade and to make sure your windshield washer reservoir is filled with a good de-icing fluid. You'll thank yourself when you're driving in the snow and the windshield stays clear.
I'd check the battery as well. Batteries only last a few years and cold weather is hard on them. If it's a few years old and not up to snuff it's a good idea to replace it before it leaves you stranded and unable to start your car.
Make sure your tires are inflated properly and don't need to be replaced. You don't want to risk losing control on a slippery road because your tires only provided marginal traction.
Next you should also make sure the heater, defroster and the blower is in good working order.
Since you're going over your vehicle thoroughly, you may also want to lubricate the locks, hinges and latches at this point. Also, make sure all of your lights are working and replace any burned out bulbs.
Lastly, check your CV boots, spark plugs, ignition and exhaust.
---> One more tip for diesel owners... don't forget to put in a winter additive to prevent your fuel from jelling!
And our special winter tip: Remember, a full tank of fuel is the best way to add weight to your vehicle. It'll also help prevent your fuel lines from freezing, so make sure to fill up when winter snowstorms are in the forecast . The second tip for added weight for traction in the snow is to put two bags of sand in the back, either in the trunk, truck bed or rear of the van. Not only will it add weight but if you do happen to get stuck you can open the bags and sprinkle the sand for added traction. Lastly, don't forget to have an ice scraper in the vehicle. Scraping snow with your bare hands can get mighty cold.
Well, there you have it, our recommendation for getting your vehicle ready for the colder months of the year. If this list sounds too daunting or if you simply don't have the time to get to it you can make an appointment with us to do it for you. We do services on Saturdays for the most part but if you'd need it done another time just ask. We're usually able to accommodate your schedule.
Change your engine oil and filter
Check your power steering, brake, radiator and transmission fluid levels
Change your windshield wipers and fill your washer fluid reservoir
Test your battery
Check your tires and inflate them properly
Check your heater, defroster and blower
Lubricate the locks, hinges and latches
Check your lights
Check your CV boots
The cost for this service on most vehicles is $75.00
Call for an appointment! We're here to help make your life easier wherever we can.