There are many people who do a great job at winterizing their homes, but they forget that the same care should be extended to their automobiles. After all, your vehicle sees a lot of bad road conditions and harsh chemicals in the wintertime. Also, your vehicle has to be in top working order to keep you and your fellow occupants safe when winter hits.
Winter Brake Service
Brakes are one of the most commonly serviced components for winter. With degrading road conditions, it is essential that a vehicle’s braking system is in top working order. A service professional may change brake pads or shoes, replace brake sensors or overhaul ABS brake systems. All of these repairs are in your best interest for safe driving in the winter.
Heating & Cooling Systems
The heating and cooling systems in your vehicle are two areas where it is essential to have a service professional take care of any issues. If a vehicle’s coolant system is low or has been replaced with water in the warm summer months it could end up freezing in the cooler winter temperatures and do catastrophic damage to the radiator, engine block, or other components. Likewise, if your vehicle’s heater core has a leak in it, or heater fan blower motor is not working properly, then you could be uncomfortable driving in the cold weather at the least and have your vision impaired through your windshield which would make driving dangerous.
Tire Check for Winter
Next, it is important that your tires have the proper amount of tread of them to ensure you will be able to navigate through excessive rain, sleet or snow effectively. In some parts of the country, snow tires are commonplace and should be installed before the first snow falls to ensure that you are ready to tackle the adverse driving conditions.
Wax On – Wax Off
Lastly, it is a good idea to have a fresh coat of wax put on your vehicle’s exterior before the winter to ensure that there is a barrier between your car’s finish and any chemicals such as road salt or melting agents that road crews may use on the road. This will decrease the chance of rust forming on your vehicle which will help it to retain its value.
If you take these services into consideration you will dramatically decrease the chances that you will be stranded this winter and greatly increase your chances that your vehicle will perform as intended no matter what Mother Nature throws at you this winter. Failure to do so and you may end up paying excessive prices for towing, lose valuable time by being stranded, or even put yourself in harm’s way while on the road.
Don Beyer Collision Center wants to ensure that you are safe this winter, follow these tips to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the next few months!