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Winter Automobile Maintenance

Winter Automobile Maintenance

To function properly, automobiles have different maintenance requirements for every season — winter is no exception. Driving in the winter months exposes your vehicle to slippery slopes, salted roads, snow storms, and extreme cold. Prepare your car or truck for all these scenarios to stay safe on the road. Here are some areas that require cold weather maintenance:

Winter Automobile Maintenance

1. Engine
Be aware of possible engine problems like hard starts, rough idling, and poor braking. If these problems occur, have them corrected at your trusted shop immediately. Replace dirty filters — they make your engine less efficient by burning more gasoline.

2. Battery
You cannot drive a vehicle with a weak battery; have it checked by professionals. Meanwhile, you can extend your battery life by scraping away corrosion from posts and cable connections, cleaning the surface, retightening connections, and checking fluid levels.

3. Antifreeze
Antifreeze is an essential part of your vehicle’s winter protection for the radiator. Your trusted auto service and repair team will make sure your car has a 50-50 mix of water and antifreeze.

4. Tires
Winter tires require a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm to be safe. Check the tread wear indicator bar (usually located at the bottom of the tread grooves). When these bars become visibly flush with adjacent ribs, tires need replacing. Also, check tire pressure regularly; cold temperatures reduce tire pressure.

Winter Automobile Maintenance

5. Wipers
Wipers are essential to clear snow and allow for visibility. Winter road clearing leaves behind sand and salt which end up on a windshield, making it difficult to see — and driving dangerous.

6. Windshield washer fluid
Winter requires ample washer fluid to keep a windshield clean and performing. Before heading out, check that your fluid is full. Have some reserves ready in the trunk or back seat as well.

7. Gasoline
Keep your tank full. As the temperature drops below freezing, a full tank helps prevent moisture from forming and freezing inside the fuel pump. A full tank will help you stay warm by enabling the engine to keep running if you get stuck.

8. Survival Kit
There are times when unexpected road mishaps might leave you stranded. Keep tools and a survival kit (including water, snacks, a flashlight, flares and blanket) handy in case you need to wait for a tow or professional help.

Winter Automobile Maintenance

For overall maintenance and car care services, call Gerry’s Automotive Ltd. to keep your automobile functioning during the winter months. Consult with our experts today: (604) 826-0519 or email us at frank@gerrysauto.com.