Check the Fluids of the Car, Even in Winter

 

During the winter, there are several things to inspect on your vehicle. One thing that can often be overlooked is the fluid levels for the vehicle. Each fluid should be inspected to ensure you have the proper amount. You will also want to make sure that the fluid itself is in good condition. The best way to accomplish this is by bringing the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. We will be able to check each fluid for the vehicle, and refill or replace the ones that need it. Besides checking the oil, the brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid should all be inspected.

 

Remember to follow the oil change schedule for your vehicle. You can find this in the vehicle owner’s manual, or we can recommend a schedule. Doing so will help ensure that the oil can properly lubricate the parts of the engine to keep them moving. Without oil, the parts will start to wear and grind against one another. If there is no oil in the vehicle, the parts will wear and the engine can seize up. This will destroy the engine and it will end up costing more in the long run.

 

Check the coolant for your vehicle as well. If the vehicle starts to overheat, it may be caused by the coolant. Even in the winter, the engine can overheat. Sometimes pushing the vehicle too hard when you drive, or even driving through a large amount of snow can take its toll on the vehicle. If you notice an issue with the engine or overheating, make sure to contact us. We can schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This will help your reliability and safety when you drive, no matter the road and weather conditions.

The Importance of Keeping the Gas Tank Full

Having the fuel tank of your vehicle full has several benefits. The first benefit is that your vehicle will always be able to drive. If your vehicle runs out of fuel, you will need to wait until the fuel tank is filled up again. When there is an emergency, you will want to make sure your vehicle is ready to drive. The last thing you will want to have to worry about is if your vehicle can make it there with the amount of fuel you have in the vehicle. This will help ensure the vehicle is reliable when you will need to drive it, no matter when it is.

 

In the winter you will want to keep the fuel tank to at least half full. If it gets lower, you increase the chance of condensation occurring. This will reduce the amount of fuel that you might actually have in the tank. You may suddenly find that your fuel tank does not have the same amount that you originally thought. Having the vehicle warm up before you drive is another benefit. Having a good amount of fuel in your vehicle will help to ensure the vehicle will warm up without running out of fuel.

 

Having the gas tank full will also be beneficial incase you find yourself in the ditch or in bad weather conditions. You will want to keep the vehicle running so the interior can keep you and your passengers warm. This is equally as beneficial if you are in stop and go traffic, or where traffic is stopped completely. You will not have to worry about where the nearest gas station is, besides worrying about the traffic around you. Always make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible, so it can be as safe as possible on the roads.

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.