Winter weather is here, and your car feels it just as much as you do! The extreme conditions of winter require some special care on your part to keep things running smoothly through the holidays. Luckily most of the maintenance needed can be done at Beach Ford or at home.
Before your car becomes an icicle on wheels, you’ll want to:
- Have your battery level checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries and can reduce overall performance and battery life.
- Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
- Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
- Check tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as it may drop with temperature.
- Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
- If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
- Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
- Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
- Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.
- In especially severe conditions you may want to keep your gas tank at half-full to avoid freezing.