Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Weather | Christian Brothers Automotive West Wichita
Amidst the shorter days and holiday cheer that come with the winter season, there are also falling temperatures and extreme winter weather—both of which can take a toll on your vehicle. To keep your car in good working order (and to save money in both the short- and long-term), it is wise to make sure you prepare your vehicle thoroughly for the winter weather ahead.
A few simple checks can go a long way in regard to how your vehicle performs in colder temperatures, and we are here to walk you through the process. Read on to learn more about how to keep your vehicle running well during cold weather.
Preparing Your Car for Colder Temperatures
Have your battery tested by a mechanic. During winter, your car battery has to work harder to provide the same amount of service to your vehicle. Motor oil can become thickened by cold weather, making it far more difficult for your battery to do its job. Having your battery professionally checked and inspected is a great way to ensure it is still up to the task of doing its job.
Check and maintain tire pressure. When temperatures begin fluctuating, the pressure in your tires can fluctuate, too. During winter weather, it is recommended that you check your tire pressure on a weekly basis—not only to make sure they are inflated properly for the longevity of your tires, but it can also help your gas mileage, too.
Have your brakes checked twice. During winter weather conditions, your brakes are under far more strain than they normally would be, so it is a good idea to get them checked both at the beginning and in the middle of winter. Between cold temperatures, slushy roads, ice and other winter conditions, keeping your brakes in good shape is a must.
Get your tires rotated. If you have not recently had a tire rotation, the winter is a good time to get this done. Your auto shop can make sure that your tread is still acceptable, in which case a simple rotation is key—otherwise, putting on winter tires or upgrading your all-weather set may be advised.
If you need to make sure your car is ready for the winter ahead, we are here to help! Schedule an appointment today for a full vehicle inspection.