As colder weather sets in, drivers in Oklahoma should winterize their vehicles for harsh conditions. As a general rule, cold weather is always harder on our vehicles. At Christian Brothers Automotive S. Western Ave in Oklahoma City, our ASE-certified technicians will help you get your vehicle ready for winter travel and holiday shopping with quality car services.
Flush and Refill Your Antifreeze
Antifreeze, also called coolant, is stored inside your car’s radiator. Primarily it prevents the engine from overheating or freezing, but it also helps protect against corrosion in the radiator and engine. A warm fluid runs from the engine, circulating through the heater and defroster. To clear your windshield of condensation, the defroster is an absolute must.
Normally antifreeze is combined with water in a 50:50 ratio. Mixing the antifreeze incorrectly leaves your car engine vulnerable to overheating.
Check Your Battery’s Strength
Even slight drops in temperature can make your vehicle’s battery suffer. Cold weather is particularly hard on already-weak batteries and though all batteries will eventually fail, it’s far better to get yours replaced before you’re stranded. When taking your car in for service, a qualified technician at your local Oklahoma auto repair shop should look at the battery connections to make sure they are sound. Weak connections won’t supply enough power to start the car when weather gets cold.
Replace the Windshield Wipers
The rubber on your windshield wipers is prone to damage since it’s exposed to the elements every day. Smears of water on your windshield are a good indicator that your blades need to be replaced. While you’re at it, you should also make sure your car has ample wiper fluid. This liquid coats the windshield and makes it easier for the wipers to do their job.
Check the Tire Pressure and Tread
As the temperature starts to drop, so does the air pressure in your tires. Air compresses in cold climates. This means your tires will need some extra air in order to be properly inflated. Most drivers are surprised when they turn their car on and the tire-pressure light shows up. It’s a good reminder to have your tires inflated. The tire pressure should be above 30 psi and the pressure will drop by 1 psi for 10-degrees the temperature drops.
Tire tread is also important in order to maintain traction on wet roads. Tire tread that’s below 3/32 can be very hazardous when you’re driving through snow or on roads covered in ice.
Routine Maintenance in Oklahoma City
At our auto repair shop on S. Western Ave, our technicians are here to guide you through your car’s regular maintenance and answer any questions. When it comes to quality auto repair services and attentive customer service, there’s no shop better than ours in Oklahoma. Most of our services are guaranteed with the 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference warranty and every customer has the option of a courtesy inspection. Call Christian Brothers Automotive S. Western Ave in Oklahoma City to schedule all of your vehicle’s maintenance needs! Feel the nice difference when you drive.