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Car Care: Keeping Winter Wear and Tear at Bay

Each season brings unique risks to your vehicle.

Winter, however, may be the hardest with the most wear and tear.

You can come out of the other side of the winter weather with a car that’s still in great shape, year after year, if you follow some important tips.

Here’s how to take care of your vehicle in the winter.

Take care of your battery

Did you know that the freezing temps can reduce your battery power by about 50%?

The best way to keep up with your battery is to regularly check it to make sure it’s working properly.

If you have a maintenance-free battery, you can simply check the window on top of the battery that indicates the level of charge.

It’s also a good idea to have your battery checked out by a professional mechanic at least once during the cold winter months.

Keep in mind that a battery that shows wear and tear or that is more than five years old should probably be replaced to avoid a nasty surprise.

Replace wiper blades

Wiper blades are an important part of your vehicle during any time of the year but especially in the winter.

Make sure they’re free of debris and any damage. If you notice any tears, they should be replaced right away.

It’s actually recommended that you change out your wiper blades as often as every six months to make sure they’re in tip-top shape.

Keep visibility as a top priority

It should go without saying, but a reminder never hurts!

Make sure all of your windows are clear of any snow or ice before you attempt to drive your vehicle.

Investing in a quality ice scraper is worth every penny. Use this to clear your windows, as opposed to depending on your wipers that may be damaged by the ice and snow.

You should also make sure that all of the lights on your car are free of snow or ice. It’s not safe to drive with your lights hidden or dimmed.

Finally, make sure you don’t have any lights that are out. Blown lights should be replaced right away.

Check the oil

The cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s oil.

Oil gets thicker when the weather is colder and that can make it more difficult for your engine to turn over.

Your owner’s manual has the best information for your specific vehicle about the type of oil you should be using, as well as how often you should be getting an oil change.

Consult the pros

Your trusted mechanic can also give you solid advice on the best way to care for your vehicle this winter.

Let us help you take care of your car. Come and see us at Conrad’s today!