It is hard to believe that summer is over and cooler temperatures are creeping into the Piedmont Triad. It won’t be long before winter is here. Cold, snow, and ice can be hard on your engine. Routine maintenance and service ensure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving.
1. Change your oil if needed. Keeping your engine well lubricated is always important. Make sure you are using the correct viscosity for the best performance.
2. Check your battery. Winter weather is hard on your vehicle’s electrical system, especially your battery. Make sure your battery’s posts and connections are free of corrosion. Ask a mechanic to test its ability to hold a charge. The last thing you want is to get stranded in the cold with a dead battery.
3. Be sure your tires are properly inflated and in good condition. When driving on wet or snowy roads, you want to be sure that you have good traction. Properly inflated tires with good tread are essential to your safety. Consult your owner’s manual to find out the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle. Check to be sure they are properly inflated each time you stop for gas.
4. Check the coolant system. Be sure that you have the proper amount of antifreeze and all hoses are in top condition. Inspect the connections for leaks.
5. Check belts and hoses. Cold weather can do a number on your belts and hoses. Check to be sure that they are in good condition and the connections are secure. Any damaged parts should be replaced immediately to prevent engine failure.
6. Change your wiper blades. It is generally a good idea to replace your wiper blades every 6 months to ensure that they are in good working order. You want to replace your summer wiper fluid with one that includes a deicing agent for winter.
Make sure you take your vehicle to a trained mechanic who knows how to service all aspects of your automobile. Havoline xpress lube offers a wide range of maintenance and repair services for all types of vehicle. Our shop, located at 725 Hwy 66 South in Kernersville, NC is convenient to Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem. Come by today so that you are ready for winter driving.