1. Check the Tires
As with any vehicle check, tires are a must. Check tire tread depth, and look for any signs of wear and tear such as bulges and bald spots. Check the tire pressure, and adjust it accordingly using the PSI listed in your owner’s manual or driver’s side doorjamb. Tire pressure drops when the temperatures drop, so keep a regular schedule of tire pressure maintenance.
2. Inspect the Battery
Check the battery connections to make sure they’re tight, clean and free of corrosion. Harsh winter weather can be hard on a vehicle battery, so you want to check the battery and charging system before the cold sets in. Make sure you change your battery following the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.
3. Check Wiper Blades, Defrosters and Heater
Not only is checking your vehicle’s heating, venting and cooling (HVAC) system important for comfort but it’s important for your safety, too. You’ll need it for defrosting and visibility in the colder months. You’ll also want to check your wiper blades to make sure they’re not cracked, torn or leave streaks across your windshield. Generally, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When you go to change your wiper blades, you can also check the level of windshield wiper fluid in your car’s reservoir.
4. Have Your Brakes Checked
It’s important your brake system is fully prepared to take on winter weather. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can bring your vehicle in for a wheel brake inspection, which includes a road test for braking symptoms, inspection of condition and level of brake fluid and inspection of master cylinder. Our automotive service center also offers brake replacement and installation.
5. Check Your Lights
Make sure your your headlights and taillights (including brake lights, fog lights and hi-beams) are in working order – especially since you’ll be using them more as it gets darker much earlier. Also check the clarity of the light lenses. Cloudy lights aren’t as easy to see, and it cuts down on your visibility on the road. There are a few simple cleaning solutions for your headlights.
If you have any questions or concerns, come on down and see us at Alamo Auto Center. We are always happy to help!