The cold temperatures and precipitation during the winter months can be tough on your vehicle. To make sure that you make it through the winter as safely as possible, be sure to go through this maintenance checklist. It will help you prepare your vehicle and avoid potential problems.
Check Your Battery
The last thing you want is to wake up on the first cold morning of winter and realize that your car won’t start. Hot temperatures during the summer tend to be tough on batteries, which can be a problem once winter comes. It is a good idea to stop by TransMedics to have your battery tested.
Get an Oil Change
Winter is a good time to get an oil change and make the switch to synthetic oil. This type of oil will continue to flow freely even in cold weather and doesn’t require the need to be warmed up in order to provide your engine’s moving parts with the protection they need. Fresh oil will also help with cold starts.
Add a Protective Wax
Precipitation and road salt can wreak havoc on the exterior of your vehicle. You can protect your car by giving it a thorough wash and applying a high-quality wax. This will help repel moisture and prevent abrasive salt from adhering to your vehicle so that your paint continues to look like new.
Replace Your Wipers
Visibility while driving can become a challenge during the winter. Old and torn wipers won’t be able to adequately remove rain and snow, so be sure to take the time to replace your wipers.
Fill Windshield Washer Tank
Be sure to add deicing fluid to your windshield washer tank and make sure that it is full. This will help you easily remove snow and frost on cold mornings.
Change Your Bulbs
Another way to improve visibility is to replace dim headlights and tail lights. New bulbs can help you see more clearly at night and during difficult weather conditions. Also, be sure to clean the lenses so that the lights aren’t obscured by dirt and grim.
Inspect Your Tires
Slippery winter road conditions require optimal traction. If your tire treads aren’t deep enough, it is time to invest in a new set so that you can stay safe during the winter. You can use a penny to measure the depth of your treads. If you turn it upside down, place it in the tread and you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then it is time for new tires.
Check the Antifreeze
Antifreeze is an essential fluid that helps the engine to cool while also preventing water from freezing and damaging the engine. Make sure that your antifreeze is filled to the optimal level.
If you are experiencing car problems or want some expert help to prepare your vehicle for winter, call on the experienced professionals at TransMedics. We can quickly provide you with a diagnosis and quote so that you can get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. Come see us today.