Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Regular, routine maintenance can help improve your gasoline mileage, reduce pollution, and catch minor problems before they become big headaches,

Below Are Our Recommendations In Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter:Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

  • First things first.  read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules by time. It’s imperative to maintain your vehicle regularly to ensure it is in tip-top shape!
  • Have our ASE Certified technicians test your vehicle for any driveability problems. — rough idling, hard starts, stalling, lack of power, etc — Cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Have your brakes checked for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect. Brakes, Suspension systems, ABS & Traction Control are huge safety components of your vehicle – better to be safe than sorry.
  • Have your battery & starting charging system checked. Have our professionals use our state-of-the-art equipment to test your battery and starting charging system to ensure you don’t get stranded on those rainy winter nights.
  • Inspect all belts and tensionsers. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses also should be checked regularly by our ASE Certified Technician.
  • Inspect all fluid levels and conditions. Transmission, coolant & power steering fluids are all crucial to a well maintained vehicle. If you neglect to inspect those,
  • Replace dirty filters, A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.
  • The cooling system should be flushed as recommended. The level and condition of the coolant should be checked periodically.
  • Worn tires are dangerous in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping, and check your tire pressure periodically – don’t forget about your spare, and be sure your jack is in good working condition. We recommend you rotate every other oil service. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and thus use excess gasoline.
  • Replace old blades regularly and inspect washer systems. Make sure your wipers work flawlessly, and fill up on windshield washer solvent — you’ll be surprised how much you use during the winter months.
  • Inspect all vehicle lights and bulbs. Replace burned out bulbs and periodically inspect to make sure they are all working properly.
  • The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
  • The transmission is often neglected until a major failure. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.
  • All Wheel Drive & 4X4 Vehicles — Test for operation ahead of time to ensure all is functioning properly.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified – We recommend every 3,000 miles for conventional and 6,000 for synthetic oil services — Regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.
  • Find out what your insurance covers. Roadside assistance, towing, etc. – It can be stressful at the time of breakdown. Make sure you educate yourself before hand in case those emergencies arise.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with you: extra gloves, boots and blankets; ice scraper & jumper cables, flares; emergency kit; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.