To help keep your vehicle operating the best it can, make sure you bring it in for regular scheduled maintenances. This way we can inspect it over to help ensure all parts are in good working condition. If anything is worn or damaged, it can be replaced in a timely manor. Make sure to have small issues fixed as soon as possible. This can help reduce the chance for a larger issue and costly repair bill. There are also some things you can inspect on the vehicle regularly to ensure they are in good condition.
Inspect the tires before winter
Check the air pressure of the tires on a regular basis. It should be at the amount recommended by the vehicle owner’s manual. It is important to keep the tires at the appropriate pressure because it can help prevent issues to the vehicle. Under inflated tires can run the risk of blowing out when they are driven on. They can also cause poor fuel efficiency for the vehicle. Tires that are over inflated are more prone to pick up sharp objects that might be on the road. Tires typically lose a pound of air pressure for every ten-degree drop. Tires that are poorly inflated will not be able to grip the pavement as well as they should.
Check the windshield and wipers
It is always important to have the windshield is clean and clear this winter. To help with visibility in the winter, make sure the windshield is free of any cracks, divots, or dirt build-up. When rain, snow, and fog are present, you will want to ensure you can see the best you can. The windshield wipers should also be inspected and replaced on a regular basis. If the blades begin to wear or have rips on them, they will not be able to clean the window as efficiently as they could. It is also important to make sure to turn the wipers off when you park the vehicle. This way you can help prevent the wiper motor from getting frozen. If the wiper motor becomes frozen when the wipers are on, this could lead to the motor burning out.
Clean out any leaves, twigs, or debris
When leaves, twigs, and other debris build-up in areas of your vehicle, it could cause issues. This is because it will block areas on the vehicle where water is supposed to flow out. It can then lead to corrosion or leaks. The most common spot to look is the air plenum near the windshield. Also, check the sunroof if you have one. Sunroofs have drains that allow water to flow down to the ground. Leaves and other debris can cause water build-up or leaks as well.
Do not forget to check the battery
Winter puts a lot of stress on the battery of your vehicle. This is especially true if you park the vehicle outdoors. The battery should be inspected so that it is cleaned off of any debris build-up. This can cause a poor current to and from the battery. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.