Are the leaves starting to turn? Is there a nip in the air? Are you pulling out your sweaters and mowing the lawn one last time? Don’t forget your car in your winter prep. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.
- Wiper blades need to be replaced at least twice a year, or more often if you notice they aren’t doing their job well. If you change your wiper blades when you change your clocks in fall and spring, you’ll always be able to see the road.
- Fluid levels should be checked every time you change your oil, and it’s always a good idea to check the frequently used fluids, like windshield wiper fluid, before inclement weather strikes.
- Get the best traction from your tires by ensuring they are properly inflated, recently rotated, and still have decent tread left. If you need to swap out for snow tires, it’s a lot easier to take care of that before the blizzard hits. How recently were your tires aligned? If you can’t remember, look into it, as correct alignment is a critical way to extend the life of your tires.
- Coolant isn’t just a summer concern. It protects your engine all year, and in the winter, it’s going to shield your engine from corrosion. The proper coolant/water ratio makes a difference, so check your owner’s manual for your car’s needs.
- Engine oil is another critical component in keeping your car running in colder temperatures. When you switch out your oil in the fall, you will want a thinner, less viscous oil. Your owner’s manual will have suggested weights.
- Check your battery, belts, and hoses for wear, and replace as needed. If you are following your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule, this will already be happening.
- Restock your car kit. While roadside help is usually just a phone call away, what happens if you are stranded in an area with no coverage, or you forgot your phone? Depending on your region, you could need everything from jumper cables to a snow shovel. Pay attention to your driving conditions, and add what you need. At a minimum, you should carry replacement fluids such as windshield wiper fluid and coolant, paper towels or wipes, a flashlight, and ice and snow removal tools.
You can do all the above yourself, or you can contact us here at McKie Ford Lincoln Service and Parts and we’d be happy to take care of it for you. No matter your make or model, we can get you ready for winter. Contact us and schedule your appointment today.