The winter season brings harsher and colder weather, which can often include rain or even snow when the temperatures fall below freezing. Making sure that your vehicle is prepared to handle any weather will ensure that you will stay safe on the road with the weather changes and won't run into any major problems during the season.
Prepare your vehicle for the winter by checking off the following maintenance items:
Flush or Top-Off Fluids
Fluids that should be inspected and either topped off or flushed include engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.
Inspect Hoses and Belts
With colder weather, hoses and belts are more vulnerable to cracking and breaking. All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle and the cold can make matters worse.
Test the Charge of the Battery
A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly. Batteries usually need to be replaced every 3-5 years. This is especially needed after the summer since the heat can cause battery fluids to evaporate, therefore affecting overall charge.
Inspect the Brake System
Brakes should always be inspected regularly. Check brake rotors, pads, fluids, and connecting parts. This will ensure that you don't experience any type of brake failure on the road.
Inspect the Exhaust System
The exhaust system should be checked for any leaks or obvious damage to parts. An exhaust system problem can be dangerous for passengers due to harmful emissions.
Inspect the Engine
The engine should be checked for emissions and fuel efficiency. All parts should also be inspected to check for corrosion or damage.
Test the HVAC Systems
The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning should be checked. The A/C and heat will ensure your comfort and checking defrosting systems will make sure your vehicle is safe for the winter.
Check Steering and Suspension System
The shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components should be inspected. This will make sure that your vehicle can be handled safely throughout the winter.
Inspect your Tires
A very important measure for winter is to check your tires. They should have good tread and the tire pressure should be accurate to make sure you avoid hydroplaning or blown out tires.
Replace Windshield Wipers and Check Headlights
Wipers usually need to be replaced every year. Make sure you have properly working wipers and that all exterior lights are working well and are bright and clear.
If it's time to have any of the services listed above performed before the winter weather strikes, bring your vehicle into the professionals here at Desi Auto Care or give us a call today!