Winter brings with it lots of fun and outdoor adventures, but it can also be harsh on your car. SpringMasters Auto Repair has some advice for making sure your car is ready for whatever winter throws its way.
You need antifreeze to be on the job this winter, so check a few things. First, make sure you even have antifreeze in the reservoir. Coolant levels can drop really fast. Second, if you’ve added water at all to your coolant, consider getting a flush and fill to ensure that you’re putting good antifreeze into the car.
Car batteries do not do well in cold weather. In fact, cold temperatures can kill a car battery fast. Get yours tested and make sure that it’s fully charged. If your car’s battery is old, you might want to go ahead and get it replaced now.
Oil keeps your car’s engine cool, but it also protects it during cold weather. If it’s been a while since your last oil change, now is definitely the time to go ahead and get one done. You won’t have to worry about it again all winter unless you put a lot of miles on your car.
Have you had to use your car’s heater or defrosters yet? If you haven’t, you might be surprised if they don’t work when you do need to use them. Get them checked out now and make sure that they’re in good working order. If they’re not functioning, they need to be repaired as soon as possible.
Winter tends to bring with it lots of precipitation, both in liquid and frozen forms. The better your windshield wipers are, the better they’ll be able to handle all of that. Wiper blades are much more fragile than they seem, so it’s probably a good idea to get yours changed now.
Doors and Locks
If you’ve ever had your car door or door locks freeze up overnight, you know how important it is to be proactive about frozen doors and locks. Use a lubricating spray directly in the locks and around the door gaskets to help prevent freezing. You’ll be glad you did.
Need help with winterizing your car? Give us a call at SpringMasters Auto Repair in Stickney, IL. We’re always ready to assist you with any of your car’s maintenance or repair needs, including making sure you’re ready for winter.