Now is a great time to inspect your vehicle for the upcoming winter season. There are several things you will need to check on a regular basis. This will help keep the vehicle in a reliable condition for you and your passengers. Make sure to schedule an appointment for your vehicle. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle so they are in the best condition possible.
The battery connections should be kept clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it is recommended to check the battery and charging system. There can be some signs that the battery might be starting to fail. If you notice the vehicle is becoming more difficult to start, bring the vehicle in so we can test the battery.
Check that the heater, defroster, and windshield wiper blades are operating properly. The heating performance is critical for interior comfort in the vehicle. The defroster should be working efficiently to improve the safety and visibility when you drive. Now is also a great time to check the windshield wipers. If the wiper blades are torn, cracked, or do not properly clean your windshield, they should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
The tires will also need to be inspected. This includes the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
Another thing that needs to be checked on the vehicle is the brake system. This will include the brake rotors and brake pads. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability, and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes.