Winter is here, but there’s still time to make sure your vehicle is good to go for the rest of the season. Drivers should perform a winter vehicle maintenance check to ensure their car is in good health. Vehicles that aren’t properly prepared for winter are more likely to face a mechanical problem while out on the road.
It takes more juice to start a car when the weather is cold, and a battery that’s not up to snuff could leave you stranded. Unlike most parts, batteries don’t provide a warning before they’re incapable of starting the vehicle. As a general rule, car batteries should be replaced every three years, just to be safe.
Antifreeze, also known as coolant, should be changed every two years. A professional mechanic should flush the system and refill it. Drivers who intend to change the antifreeze themselves should take caution not to use 100-percent antifreeze. Instead, mix the antifreeze with water at a 50:50 ratio.
Drivers should check their tire tread depth once a month. The tire pressure should be checked and adjusted, if necessary, once a week. Winter or snow tires might be an ideal solution for drivers who experience harsher winters. Tires with inadequate tread depth or low pressure may not provide enough grip on slick roadways.
Oil plays three main roles in the engine: to cool, lubricate, and protect. Keeping the engine cool isn’t a major issue during winter. Even so, old oil won’t be able to properly lubricate and protect vital components within the engine block. Cold weather can cause oil to thicken. An inexpensive oil change can provide peace of mind on the road.
As a general rule, the windshield wiper blades should be changed every six month. Drivers should make sure their windshield washer reservoir is topped off as well. Adding some de-icer fluid can make cold mornings easier to handle.
If you need help with any of these steps, feel free to consult our expert staff at Jack Miller Parts.