Winter is finally here, and don’t be surprised if it takes a toll on your vehicle. That means you'll need some extra car maintenance to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Here are several tips to help you prepare your car for the colder months ahead:
Test your battery: Cold weather can be hard on car batteries, so make sure it's in good condition before the temperatures drop. If your battery is three years old or more, it may be time to replace it.
Check your tires: Make sure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated. Cold weather can cause the air pressure in your tires to drop, which can affect your car's handling. Also, consider switching to winter tires, as they are designed to handle snowy and icy conditions.
Monitor your coolant: Make sure your coolant is at the correct level and is the right type for the temperature. If you're not sure, consult your owner's manual.
Replace your wiper blades: Cold weather can be hard on your wipers, so make sure they're in good condition and the washer fluid is full. If they are worn down or not working properly, it is best to replace them.
Check your lights: All your vehicle’s lights should be working properly, including your headlights, taillights, and turn signals. This is especially important in the shorter days of winter.
Assess your brakes: Brakes are so important to your vehicle’s safety. If you hear any unusual noises or if your car pulls in one direction when you brake, it may be time for a brake repair.
By following these winter car maintenance tips, you can help ensure that your car is ready to handle whatever the winter weather throws your way. If you have any doubts about the condition of your car, it's always a good idea to take it to a professional for a check-up. Please call or visit Davis Repair for all your braking needs.