Check the Heater to Ensure it is operating properly

 

The heater is an important part of the vehicle, especially in the winter months. This will help you to maintain a warm and comfortable temperature in the vehicle. It will keep you and your passengers warm as possible. Besides an issue with comfort, it is also an issue with safety if the heater goes out. This is because the HVAC system of your vehicle will help defrost the windshield. Not only will it help reduce the fog, but it will also help improve your visibility as well when you drive. It can warm up the exterior of the windshield so removing ice and snow will become easier.

 

You might also notice that the heater starts to blow out warm air from the vents of the vehicle. This could be an issue with the heating system of the vehicle, or with the vents as well. You will want to have this inspected to see what the problem is. If there is a clog or debris blocking the vents, you will want to have this looked at as soon as possible. If there is a blockage, then the system will push air harder through it. This can cause extra strain and stress on the heater as well.

 

If there are any odd noises or sounds you notice from the vehicle, it could be the heating system. The belts or other parts under the hood could be running poorly. Any screeching or odd noises should always be looked at as soon as possible. Even if you do not think it is something serious, it should be attended to. Vents and heaters that make noise is not something that is common once they’ve had a chance to warm up. Make sure your vehicle is operating properly this winter by having it inspected.

Opening Frozen Doors in the Winter

 

Preventing a frozen door for your vehicle can sometimes be simple and easy to do. The first thing to do is park it inside, so the vehicle is not outside in the cold temperatures and weather conditions. If it cannot be in a garage, you can put a cover over the vehicle to protect it from the snow and ice. Doing so will help prevent a thick layer of ice and snow on the vehicle.

 

There are some tips you can do in order to help get your door open. One option is to use an ice scraper. If a handle or door is frozen shut, then you will be able to scrape off some of the ice and snow on it. Be careful not to hit or push too hard on the handle or door, as this can cause it to break. Once the handle becomes operable, you will be able to pull gently to get the rest of the door seal loose. You can even try to pull or pry it open with your fingers.

 

Another option you could have is using a hair dryer to warm up the door. If you have a hair dryer that does not need an electrical outlet to operate, this can be a quick and easy way to warm up the car door handle. You may also want to consider the option to purchase lock de-icer. This is a special type of lubricant that will melt the ice off of your vehicle. This is effective to use in a lock, or even if the door is frozen shut. You can push and pull the door gentle, and eventually it will become loose. Once the door is open, you can start your vehicle so it can start to warm up. By doing so, you will be able to warm up the other doors as well.

How to Jump Start a Vehicle

 

Jump starting your vehicle will be needed if your battery goes dead and you need to drive. The quickest way you can make sure your vehicle is back on the road is jump starting it. Always make sure that you have a set of jumper cables in your vehicle. This will help incase you ever need to use them. When buying jumper cables, you may want to go with ones that are at least 20 feet in length. This is because you cannot always ensure that the cars will be placed next to each other to start it.

 

You will want to make sure to avoid having the red clamps and black clamps from touching each other. It can be beneficial if you have someone at the other end of the cable to help prevent the ends from touching. If the ends touch when hot, it could cause a short in the vehicle or dangerous sparks. Make sure to park the running vehicle next to the dead one. You will then want to turn the vehicle off as well. Open the hood of each vehicle so you can access the battery. You will want to look for the positive post, which will have the red cable. Make sure that you look at the battery posts to see which one is positive, and which one is negative. This is the best way to determine which end of the cable you may need.

 

Make sure that the battery posts are clear and clean of any dirt or gunk. By creating a clean and proper connection, you can help the efficiency of the battery. You will first want to connect the red clamp to the positive post of the dead battery. Then connect the other red clamp to the positive post of the other battery. After that you will want to connect the black negative clamp to the negative terminal of the good battery. The other end of the negative clamp should then be on an unpainted part of the vehicle to ensure a safe jump start. If you have any questions about jump starting a vehicle, you can also contact us.

Winter Weather and your Visibility

 

The winter weather can cause a lot of issues for your visibility as you drive. You will always want to make sure your vehicle is ready for any winter driving. If it is not properly maintained, then you may run into issues or have an unexpected breakdown. Make sure to follow the recommendation for having your vehicle maintained, that way we can do a bumper to bumper inspection. If there are any issues, we can locate them and have the issue fixed before it becomes worse.

 

One of the first things to inspect are the windshield wipers of your vehicle. You will want to make sure that they are free from any damage. They should not have any rips, tears, or damage to them. If there is, make sure to invest in a new set of windshield wipers. Doing so will help to improve the visibility when you drive. The wipers will be able to clear away any dirt or road grime that may have formed to the windshield. Always remember to check the rear wiper if your vehicle is equipped with one. Although it will not be used as much as the windshield wipers, it will still need to be replaced.

 

Check the headlights of your vehicle as well. If the lenses are cloudy or scratched, you will want to have them cleaned off or replaced. Also make sure that you check the lights themselves. If one appears dim or is no longer working, schedule an appointment with us. We can replace the bulb for the headlight to help you have a safe and reliable vehicle. You will also want to test to make sure that the blinkers in front as well as the rear are working. If these are not working, it will decrease your safety because those around you will not know when or where you are turning. Any issues you notice this winter, make sure to contact us as soon as you can.

Cold Temps and Inspecting your Car

 

As the temps begin to get colder, you will want to inspect your vehicle more often. This can range from a variety of different parts and components to check. The cold weather means the tire pressure will be lower. Bead leaks can occur on the tires, which will cause the air to decrease. Sometimes this will not be every tire, but instead just one or two. You will want to make sure it is filled to the correct air pressure amount in the vehicle owner’s manual. This way you can ensure a comfortable ride. You will also want to check the spare tire. If anything happens to a regular tire, you will need to rely on the spare tire to get you to your destination.

 

Also make sure that the fluids are topped off. It is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This would include the fluid levels. If one is low, it should be topped off to the correct amount. Also remember to check the windshield washer fluid levels. In the winter, you will need this to help remove road grime and dirt. This improves your visibility as well when you drive.

 

The battery is another part that is affected by the cold weather. The cold temperatures will drain the amps. Make sure to have the battery tested, to see how it is charging. If you are not sure how the battery is for overall condition, we can check it as well. Sometimes a block heater may be beneficial for your vehicle. Depending where you park, a block heater will help the vehicle start efficiently. No matter what issues or problems you notice with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment. This will help keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.