Take time to prepare your car for the cold.
Winter is the season for hot cocoa, warm fires and generally colder weather. It’s also time for automotive maintenance. Not servicing your car before winter can lead to big problems that may leave you stranded and cold in the middle of a snowstorm.
To help you prepare before winter arrives, we’ve compiled a list of the most important items to check during the Fall to ensure your car survives the coming cold.
This is one of the most important things to check. Not having the right antifreeze and water mixture can cause your engine to freeze, resulting in catastrophic damage. Fortunately, it’s easy to check the concentration of your antifreeze using a store-bought hydrometer. Should your coolant need servicing, stop by the i25 Kia Service Center for an antifreeze exchange or flush. If you’re not sure, we can always check the antifreeze for you.
Having good tires is always important, but it’s especially important in the winter. Without sufficient traction, your car will become a bobsled in the winter. Snow tires are available, but in most cases a good all-season tire will do for front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a hard time traversing the snow and ice however, making them great candidates for winter tires. If your tires fail the Penny Test, it’s time to get them replaced.
Typical wet, slippery winter conditions make having well-functioning brakes even more important than your brakes already are. To have your brakes checked before the first snowfall, stop by i25 Kia. A trained technician will remove your wheels and give you a report on the condition of your brakes.
- Engine Oil
It’s a good idea to have your oil changed before winter. Oil viscosity changes with temperature, so you want to make sure your engine has the correct oil for the cold weather.
- Wiper Blades
Being stuck in a blizzard with crummy wiper blades isn’t just annoying, it’s downright dangerous. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have good wiper blades that will be able to handle snow, slush and freezing rain without a problem.
Frigid temperatures can push a subpar battery over the edge. If your car has had trouble starting in warmer months, it definitely needs to be tested before the weather changes. After all, nothing is worse than coming out to a vehicle that won’t start in subzero temperatures.
Car maintenance and safety are important all year round, but harsher winter weather makes proper car care even more important. Preparing your vehicle for the upcoming winter is an important step to protecting you and those around you. Car winterization doesn’t take long and the i25 Kia Service Center will be glad to give your ride an end-of-the-year checkup. Then you can safely and confidently head to Grandma’s house for the holidays or hit the slopes!
- Posted by agency-it
- On November 10, 2015