Winter is around the corner, and it’s now the time to start getting your vehicle ready for the colder weather. Just a few simple maintenance items will not only ensure your safety on the road, but will protect the overall integrity of your vehicle over the next few months.
Regular vehicle maintenance is important and will help you avoid costly repairs down the road. You may already be familiar will some of the top vehicle maintenance items, such as oil changes, inspections, and tune-ups. When we transition from fall to winter, there are certain systems that need to be checked that will become important to proper handling during the winter months.
When it comes to winterizing your vehicle, here are the top services to check off of your list at your local trusted auto repair shop:
Flush or Top-Off All Fluids
This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.
Inspect Hoses and Belts
All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle.
Test the Charge of the Battery
A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly. Batteries usually need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Have your battery tested for charge to make sure it's in good condition and that the battery is free from corrosion.
Inspect the Brake System
Brakes should always be inspected regularly. Check brake rotors, pads, fluids, and connecting parts.
Inspect the Exhaust System
The exhaust system should be checked for any leaks or obvious damage to parts. An exhaust system problem can be dangerous for passengers due to harmful emissions.
Inspect the Engine
The engine should be checked for emissions and fuel efficiency. All parts should also be inspected to check for corrosion or damage.
Test the HVAC Systems
The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning should be checked. The A/C and heat will ensure your comfort and checking defrosting systems will make sure your vehicle is safe for the winter.
Check Steering and Suspension System
The shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components should be inspected. This will make sure that your vehicle can be handled safely throughout the winter.
Inspect your Tires
A very important measure for winter is to check your tires. They should have good tread and the tire pressure should be accurate to make sure you avoid hydroplaning or blown out tires.
Replace Windshield Wipers and Check Headlights
Wipers usually need to be replaced every year. Make sure you have properly working wipers and that all exterior lights are working well and are bright and clear.
All of the tips above will help you make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter. For all of the inspections and services above, give us a call or come by our shop here at Topline Performance. We would be happy to help you winterize your vehicle!