With winter comes shorter days, colder temperatures, and the need for special car care. Therefore, preparing ahead of time can save you from frustration, headaches, and costly repairs later. To ensure your vehicle is in top condition during winter, follow these essential car care tips:
Check Tire Pressure
Tire pressure decreases with temperature in cold weather and can cause problems if left unchecked. These problems include decreased vehicle performance, unsafe or erratic handling, poor fuel efficiency, and increased wear on the tire. Therefore, to prevent these issues, check the air pressure in your tires at least once a month, especially in winter weather.
Keep Your Car Clean
Grime and dirt can damage a car's finish quickly, so washing your car frequently during winter is crucial. Washing and waxing during winter ensure longer-lasting physical aspects and helps avoid rust and paintwork deterioration.
Replace Air Filters
Quality air filters help your engine operate efficiently while improving fuel economy, preventing overheating and wear on other expensive components. If your area is prone to freezing precipitation, replacing your cabin filter removes built-up ice and snow seeping into your vehicle.
Have a Full Car Inspection
During a car inspection, an experienced mechanic should check the essential car components like the battery, tires, brakes, radiator, antifreeze levels, windshield wipers, and headlights.
Fill Up Your Gas Tank
It is essential to ensure you are not running out of gas, as this can cause damage to the vehicle's fuel lines, pump, and filter. Always keep the gas tank full, or at least three-quarters filled, throughout the winter months. Correctly maintaining and filling up your fuel tank will prevent condensation from forming inside your tank and thus help you avoid a frozen fuel line scenario that could cost you more in the long run.
Bring Your Car to Auto Fitness
If you need help getting your vehicle ready for the winter months, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today.