With winter quickly approaching, it is critical for drivers to understand how to take care of your car in winter. Taking proactive steps now can help prevent a breakdown on a freezing day leaving you stranded in the cold.
One of the first things you want to do is check your battery power. Cold temperatures mean batteries do not have as much power so it is essential to be fully charged. When you bring your car in for a service, have the shop check the battery. Batteries should be replaced around every 4 years, so if you are approaching the time it is wise to have it done prior to the winter months.
You will also want to check your tire pressure as low tire pressure can be extremely dangerous on slick and frozen roads. You can check in your owner's' manual for the recommended PSI or have a professional take a look when you bring it in for a car service. If you live in an area that sees a significant amount of snowfall you may want to consider snow tires. If the tread is worn down on the tires, you should consider new tires.
Checking all of the car fluids including oil, antifreeze and wiper fluid is another important part of caring for your car in the winter. Some professionals recommend using a thinner oil in the winter months as oil tends to thicken in the cold. Ensuring you have a full level of antifreeze/water mixture is essential to prevent the engine from freezing. There are specialized wiper fluids that are made especially to perform in freezing temps.
Now that you have these important tips on how to take care of your car in winter, you should also schedule a tune-up. By bringing your car in for a service, you will ensure that it will be performing at its peak level through the winter.
Want to know more about how to take care of your car in winter? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about car service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Lexington, SC, and the surrounding area.