Preparing Your Car for Cold Weather

here are some tips on preparing your car for cold weather

Is your vehicle ready for cold weather, snow, and ice? Making sure your car is prepared for winter weather should be a high priority for you because it helps keep your family safe. Here are some tips for preparing your car for cold weather from the experts at Wheeling Auto Center in Arlington Heights, IL.

Check Your Battery

Cold weather thickens oil and makes your motor work harder, which adds extra strain to your battery. Make sure your battery is fully charged before it leaves you stranded, and replace it if it’s running low on power. You should also have a professional inspect your battery’s cables and fluid.

Rotate Your Tires and Check the Tread

You should have your tires rotated every other oil change or at least once every 6 months. Rotate your tires before the weather gets too cold and make sure your tires have enough tread depth left to give you traction for winter driving. If you place an upside-down penny between your tire treads, you should not be able to see the top of Lincoln’s head.

Regularly Monitor Your Tire Pressure

Monitoring your tire air pressure is always important, but it’s even more important during the coldest months of the year. Once the temperature drops below 32℉, your tires will lose pressure. Additionally, reduced tire pressure wears out tires faster, decreases gas mileage, and gives you less control over your car, making your vehicle more dangerous to drive.

Consider Snow Tires

Also called winter tires, snow tires have better traction on more than just snowy or icy roads. Winter tires are made from different rubber compounds than summer or all-season tires that allow them to have better traction even on dry roads when the temperature drops below freezing.

Get Your Brakes Checked

Making sure your brakes are working well should always be a priority, but your brake system is put under much more strain during winter conditions than in summer conditions. Moisture and road salt can create rust spots on your rotors, making them less efficient, and your brakes need to work well on roads that are wet, cold and dry, slushy, icy, covered in snow, or any other weather condition winter throws at you.

Change Your Fluids

You should check and change all your fluids before the weather gets too cold. Get an oil change, swap out your brake fluid, top up your antifreeze, and make sure you use a winter washer fluid that won’t freeze when the temperature drops.

Fix Your Heater

Short trips without heat may be bearable, but what if you get stranded somewhere? Whether it’s a flat tire, whiteout conditions, or getting stuck in a snowdrift, a working heater could help save your life if you get stuck for a few hours until help arrives.

Replace Your Wiper Blades

Always start the winter with fresh wiper blades. Road salt, mud, and heavy snow are much harder for worn wiper blades to remove from your windshield than rain, making it much more dangerous for you to drive. Ice buildup can tear up your windshield wipers, too, so you may need to replace them again mid-winter.

Top Off Your Gas Tank

Never let your gas tank get more than half empty during the winter. Not only do you want to have enough gas in your tank to keep your car running for a few hours in case you get stranded somewhere, but moisture can build up in your gas tank if there is too much empty space, putting strain on your vehicle’s pump and other parts – especially if that moisture has a chance to freeze.

Get Your Car Inspected in Arlington Heights, IL

Whether you need help taking care of the items on this list or you just want a second pair of eyes to go over your vehicle before the flakes fly, stop by Wheeling Auto Center in Arlington Heights, IL today. Our 15-bay service center is designed to get you in and out as quickly as possible, and our waiting room is comfortable whether you need to distract your kids or get some work done.Best of all, we make scheduling appointments easy – you can use our online appointment scheduler or call 847-979-5349.