Checking the Tires in winter

 

There are several things that you should check on your vehicle. You will not want to forget about checking the tires either. During the winter, you may notice the tires lose air quicker than the rest of the year. This is because for every ten degree drop in temperature, the tires could lose as much as a pound per square inch. When the temperatures drop suddenly the tires can lose inflation then. Each tire should be inspected, as well as the spare tire. If the tires are losing air on a daily basis, make sure that you contact us. We can then check the tires for what the reason they are losing air often.

The tires should also be inspected to make sure they are aligned properly. This will help them to rotate efficiently too as you drive. Tires that have poor alignment will cause extra wear to other parts under the car. This can lead to further damage and repairs being needed. You can tell if they are properly aligned, based on how the tread is wearing. If the tread were worn down on one tire and not the other, an alignment would be beneficial. Sometimes you can compare the two tires on the same side of the vehicle, or both that are the front tires, or both rear tires as well.

Checking the tread of the tires can be done quick and easy, by just using a penny. Place the penny upside down in the groove of the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn down too much. You may notice uneven tread even on the same tire. To ensure that the tires are in the best condition possible, contact us for an appointment. We will check each of the tires for you so you will have the best drive possible for your vehicle this winter.

 

Keep Control of the Vehicle on Icy Roads

 

 

Driving in the winter can be a challenge. The road conditions can change in a matter of minutes. It is always a good idea to check the weather and road conditions before you leave. This can help you prepare for what type of weather you will be driving in. Also remember to have your vehicle properly maintained. Doing so will help ensure that all the parts and components are working correctly. If there is an issue, we will be able to locate it and recommend what should be done to have it repaired. Doing so will help you save time, money, and stress in the long run this winter.

You will want to schedule an appointment if you start to notice the vehicle showing signs that are out of the norm. When the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other, there may be an issue with the steering of the vehicle. The tires may also be over or under inflated. If the roads are slick it will become difficult to drive, especially if your vehicle pulls randomly. By having us check the issue, you can determine the specific cause of it. If the vehicle pulls when you apply the brakes, there could be an issue with them as well.

 

If you start to slide when driving, slow down but do not slam on the brakes. Sometimes slamming the brakes will make it worse. You will not want to over correct your steering, so try to stay calm and get the vehicle back under control. This should be done with the least amount of motion to the steering wheel as you can. You will want to be aware of what the weather is. If it is raining or sleeting and the temperature is right around freezing, chances are good you may have ice to deal with. By slowing down and remaining calm, you can decrease the chance of having an accident.

Why the Cold Temperatures Affect the Tires

 

In the winter you will want your vehicle to run as efficiently as possible. You will not want to run the risk of it having a breakdown in cold winter weather. By keeping the vehicle properly maintained, you can help ensure all the parts are working correctly. You will want to make sure that the oil and other fluid levels are topped off for the vehicle. With cold temperatures, the risk for a hose to crack can increase. So make sure that you check all parts under the hood. You can bring the vehicle in and we can check the vehicle for you.

 

One important part to check are the tires. You will notice at some point in the winter that they have less air than they otherwise should.  As the temps drop, it causes the air to become dense, and it results in the tire pressure becoming lower. Also, over time, tires will naturally lose air pressure. In the winter, it becomes more frequent. The tires can lose about one pound per square inch of air for every ten degree drop in the air temperature. Some cars are equipped with a low tire pressure light. This alerts you for when the tires should be inspected for how much air pressure each one has. If there is any damage to the tires, like a nail or puncture, the air will leak slowly.

 

Also remember to drive cautiously when driving through deep snow. There might be sharp objects or things that can puncture the tires. Also remember to not spin your tires. Spinning fast in one spot can increase the chance of them to pick up sharp rocks, nails, or anything else that can damage the tires. If you notice an issue, make sure that they are properly inspected as soon as possible.

Warm Up Your Car Before Driving

When you drive in winter, it is important to warm up your vehicle for a variety of reasons. Warming up your vehicle provides several benefits. When you take proper care of your vehicle, you can help it last as long as possible. Also remember to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. Doing so will help prevent an issue that could have been resolved earlier.

The best reason for warming up your vehicle is that it will help the parts to move properly against one another. Cold vehicles will be slow to start and increase the chance of parts being slow to operate as well. If you start a vehicle and immediately drive it, you have the increased chance that you can do significant damage to those parts or vehicle. Warming the vehicle up also allows it the chance to have the oil to warm up. This lubricates the engine so then the engine will run and operate smoother.

Warming up the vehicle also helps get the windows clear. Before driving in the winter, you will want to make sure all the snow, ice, and frost is removed from the windshield and all the other windows as well. This will allow you to have the best visibility when you drive. As you start the vehicle, the warm air goes through the defrost to warm up the inside of the vehicle and windows. This will help make it easier to scrape the windows on your vehicle.

Another benefit is that it will heat up the interior of your vehicle. This will provide you a nice warm area when you get into the vehicle. Having the vehicle warmed up will increase the comfort for you and your passengers. It will also keep the vehicle warm and more reliable as well.

Help Ensure the Vehicle Starts

Starts

 

The vehicle will need to have a reliable battery in order for it to start. You will also need to make sure that the alternator and starter are also in the best condition possible for your vehicle. If you are not sure if they at the top performance level, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. Doing so will help to keep it efficient and at top performance levels. When the battery is not working, you will also want to have the alternator and starter properly inspected as well. Sometimes a faulty alternator or starter will also result in the vehicle not starting. Since all three will have to work in coordination with one another, they will all need to be working.

 

You will want to notice any signs or issues that the vehicle is showing signs of starter issues. The first thing to be aware of is if the vehicle is slow to start. Usually there will be an indication when you notice the vehicle starting to turn over slowly. Slow starts are the first sign that the vehicle will need to have an inspection done. The more often this occurs, the quicker that the vehicle will fail completely. When this becomes more common, you will notice that the vehicle may start to just click when you start it.

 

If you decide to not drive your vehicle for a few weeks or months, make sure to disconnect the battery and remove the battery. Doing so can help prevent the battery from draining and having a dead car when you go to start it. You will want to have a reliable vehicle when you need to get to and from your destination. If you notice that your vehicle needs to be jump-started, schedule an appointment with us. We can inspect the starter, alternator, and battery.