The Fall season is one of the most pleasant times of the year in Pennsylvania. Summer’s blazing heat is long gone and winter’s chill and accompanying snow and ice hasn’t yet arrived. It is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. It’s also the ideal time to make sure your car is equipped to handle the extreme winter-driving conditions that are right around the corner. Be prepared before freezing temps hit and take advantage of the beautiful weather to prepare your vehicle for winter's more extreme conditions.
Preventive Car Servicing Today Can Prevent a Breakdown Tomorrow
One of the biggest benefits of routine vehicle care, service and repair is that it prevents breakdowns and allows a skilled service technician to spot and repair problems before they damage your vehicle. Prevention saves you time and money in the long run. Some preventive maintenance measures should be taken care of once every few months. These include having your oil replaced; wiper fluid and coolant topped off; and your brakes, belts, hoses, and tires evaluated. Consider preventive maintenance a “well-visit checkup” for your vehicle. It’s an opportunity to perform routine maintenance and also identify trouble spots that may be lurking beneath the hood.
Winter-Specific Preventive Maintenance
In addition to the maintenance items listed above that should be addressed seasonally, the autumn season is the ideal time to complete recommended car maintenance for winter weather. The last thing you want this winter is to become stranded on the side of the road in limited visibility and slick driving conditions. Not only is that inconvenient, it’s extremely dangerous. To prevent that, make sure you’ve addressed the following winterizing steps.
- Make sure you have the proper tires installed on your vehicle. Winter tires (also known as snow tires) provide extra traction that improve handling and braking on snowy and icy roads. We can help you determine if you should install them on your car.
- Install a new set of windshield wipers, as they’ll get plenty of use in the winter months ahead.
- For your pre-winter oil change, make sure to use a multi-grade viscosity oil that can withstand freezing temperatures.
- If you haven’t replaced your battery in a while, have it tested. Winter is no time to discover your battery is bad.
- Have your exhaust system checked. In winter, you’ll be driving with your windows closed and will probably spend more time idling your engine. An exhaust leak can cause dangerous carbon monoxide fumes to build up in the cabin.
Preparation is Key
Even if you’ve made sure your car is winter-ready, you’ll still have to battle the elements and other drivers this winter. Make sure you’ve equipped your car with a winter emergency kit in case you become stranded in the cold. Jumper cables, an ice scraper, first-aid kit, extra medication, blankets, flashlight, water and emergency flares can help you signal for help and make it home safely.
We are standing by to get your vehicle winter-ready. Contact us at Swedish Motors to schedule your winter preventive maintenance service appointment. We’ll evaluate your car from top to bottom so you head into winter with the peace of mind that your car is up for the challenge.