Is Your Car Ready for A Date with Old Man Winter?

Winter can be rough for a lot of reasons.

Not the least of which is the wear and tear it can cause on your vehicle.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize the toll that winter takes.

Here’s what you can do take care of your car this winter.

Keep your tires in check

You’re on the go more than ever during the holidays. Unfortunately, they fall during one of the most challenging seasons of the year.

You’ll have to keep a close watch on your tires during the winter because a couple different things can happen as a result of the cold temperatures.

The chilly air can cause your air pressure to lessen, which can be dangerous on snowy or icy roads.

In addition, tires with a low tread are also more likely to slide around in wintry conditions.

Check your pressure and visually inspect your tires frequently.

Pay attention to your battery

Getting stranded with a dead battery will quickly put a damper on your winter fun.

Just like your tires, the cold temperature can have an adverse on your battery, too.

Make sure the terminals are clean and there’s no debris or corrosion. It’s also a good idea to have your battery tested by a professional before the worst of winter hits.

A reputable mechanic will be able to tell you if you need to replace it in order to make it through the season.

Don’t forget about the oil

Always follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for the frequency of oil changes and the type of oil your vehicle should use.

A heavier grade of oil is recommended for some vehicles for the winter months. Talk to your mechanic about what your owner’s manual recommends.

Wiper blades count

Wiper blades are such a small part of your vehicle that they can go unnoticed – until you need them, flip the switch, and find that they aren’t up to par!

It’s not only inconvenient to have wiper blades that aren’t doing the trick; it’s also quite dangerous.

Every once in awhile, give your wipers the once over to make sure they’re in tip top shape.

Be prepared

Winter doesn’t have to spell disaster for your vehicle.

When you’re paying attention to the most important elements, like the tires, oil, battery, and wiper blades, you should skate through the season without any trouble.

Give us a call at Conrad’s to set up an appointment for your routine maintenance! We’ll keep your vehicle up to speed this winter!

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