How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Getting your car ready for winter is important to keeping it running throughout the season. Cold weather is hard on your car, so making sure your parts are in good shape before the worst of the weather hits will save you time and money by preventing breakdowns and the need for serious repairs.

The first thing to do is get an oil and filter change. Along with coolant, engine oil is one of the most important things in keeping your engine running well, and having dirty fluid is even worse in winter. Speaking of coolant, make sure it’s at the right level and add some if necessary. They may also do this during your oil change.

Have your battery tested and clean build-up off of the terminals. If your battery charge is weak, you may run into problems with starting it or maintaining power while driving.

Check your tire pressure. Cold compresses the air in tires, lowering the pressure, which reduces traction. Especially in winter when the roads are icy, it’s important to have good traction, so add air when necessary. Also, if you’re planning on switching to winter tires, now is the time.

Finally, put together a winter emergency kit with items you might need if you break down like flashlights, flares, blankets and warm clothes, and food and water. These are just a few of the things you should do before winter—check out more here!

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Maintain a Smooth Ride with these Winter Car Maintenance Tips

winter car maintenance tips

Dealing with winter can be a huge pain in the you-know-where. Add car issues to that, and you have yourself a giant headache. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prepare your car for the colder months, so you can at least cross one of these issues off your list. (Sorry, we can’t make winter go away.) So, without further ado, here are Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep’s winter car maintenance tips to make your life easier!

  1. Winterize, Winterize, Winterize! When temperatures drop, so does your tire pressure. At the beginning of each winter, make it a habit to check your tire pressure and top it off if needed. Consider swapping out your regular tires for winter ones, which will help your car grip the road in the iciest of conditions. Also, make sure you take your car for a winter tune-up, where your mechanic will check your battery, antifreeze, heaters, brakes, lights, and fluids to make sure they are winter-ready.
  2. Keep it Clean. Salt and other winter debris can wreak havoc on your car’s exterior. If you leave it there to accumulate, you’re increasing your car’s chances of developing rust, which can lead to all kinds of problems. Clean it regularly during winter, making sure you wash underneath the car where the majority of salt tends to gather.
  3. Stay Up-to-Date With Maintenance. You might be busy with the holidays and trying to stay warm and sane during winter, but that doesn’t mean you should let your car’s maintenance schedule slide. If your car is due for service, make it a priority to get it taken care of. If there are any issues with your car, your mechanic can take care of them before they begin to affect you.
  4. Don’t Forget Your Emergency Kit. If you get stuck in a blizzard, there are certain things you should have in your car for survival, including blankets, socks, gloves, hats, snacks, water, a shovel, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. Keep these in your car all winter long—you might never need them, but you’ll sure be glad of them if you do!

Spring Car Care Tips

Spring

Spring means many things to many different people. Whether you’re thinking about the fact that it is tax season, all the lawn work you’ll be able to do, how you’ll need to clean up the house, or you’re just excited for less snow and more warm weather. In any case, there is a lot to think about come spring.

One thing that often gets overlooked or take a backseat, no pun intended, is car maintenance. We don’t blame you; it is not the most exciting topic or most pressing. However, make sure you at least check out these three spring car care tips.

1. Service

While it is always important to regularly service your car, truck, or SUV it is even more important come spring. That is because all that wet, cold and downright nasty weather you’ve hated this winter – your car was out in that a lot and wasn’t too fond of it either. Weather like that can weaken belts, weaken brakes, and can even cause your car to use oil at a faster rate.

2. Check the Battery

Winter conditions can accelerate the draining of your car’s battery. Be sure to look for some of the tell tale signs of a weakened battery, including dimmer than usual headlights, interior lights that no longer turn on or seem less bright and power windows that seem to go up or down slower than usual. Of course these problems could be unrelated to the battery, but they are often an early indication of a failing battery. You can also check the juice this way.

3. Inspect the Tires

Tires can get worn down during a long winter of driving on slick roads, icy conditions, and salt/sand so it is important to check your tires when spring arrives. Even if you have great brakes, a tire with not enough tread can make stopping a difficult task. This CBS News article demonstrates how to use a penny to check tire tread.

For your entire car maintenance needs, come see us at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep and we will help make this spring a safe one!