Oh, how I love the fall season! The air is crisp and the trees are ablaze with color and that means only one thing……the holidays are upon us. We will soon find ourselves thinking about pumpkin pies, Christmas lists and pulling out our winter wear. We diligently prepare ourselves for the first blast of winter weather by dragging out our winter coats, scarves and hats. As the seasons change and we get closer to winter you need to make sure your vehicle is as ready as you are.
When cold weather hits, most cars perform a bit more sluggish than usual. The oil takes longer to circulate, the engine takes longer to reach operating temperature, and your car battery may not have a full charge. The best time to actually prepare your vehicle for winter is when it’s still warm outside. If the idea of being stranded by the side of the road is not very appealing to you, here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe this season:
Check Antifreeze – The first thing you always want done on your car before the weather gets cold is check your antifreeze level. Not just how much fluid is in the radiator, but the ratio of antifreeze/water content. If it hasn’t been done in a while, have your cooling system flushed out with a good chemical cleaner and put in fresh anti-freeze. Check containers, belts, hoses, the pressure caps and thermostat.
Change Your Oil & Filter – Clean, high quality engine oil goes a long way to protect the motor in cold-start situations. Heavier oil will take longer to circulate into the motor and in that short amount of time; parts can be left unprotected causing internal damage.
Check Your Battery – Cold conditions require more power from your battery. Make sure it is at its peak performance. Make sure connections are clean and tight.
Washer Fluid/Wipers – It may seem like a “no brainer,” but since regular (or “summer blend”) washer fluid is made up of mostly water – it freezes easily. Use a winter concentrate washer fluid and be sure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition.
These are just a few tips on how to keep your vehicle in good health during the winter season. Here at Peterson Stampede Dodge Chrysler Jeep we are committed to the 3 “P’s: Prepare, Protect and Prevent. Call one of our service advisers today and “ask” what else you can do to protect your family and vehicle or just stop by the dealership. We will be happy to help you prepare for the winter season.