Let Bill DeLord’s Service Center Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter
Winterizing Your Vehicle
Be Prepared Before the Big Chill
Winter driving conditions can be very hard on your car, but just because weather conditions may be a little less than perfect does not mean that your car has to reside in your garage all winter. Since we all must travel even during harsh winters there are a number of things that can be done to effectively winterize your vehicle. Here are some winterizing tips you may know about and also some that may be new to you.
Check your 4WD
Many vehicles come with automatic 4WD that kicks in whenever extra traction is required. For the most part we never think about our 4WD system unless we need it for one reason or another, but it is vital to have your 4WD checked regularly to ensure that it is in good working order. You do not want to be caught out in a wintery mess of weather and suddenly realize that the traction you thought your car would have is not there to keep your vehicle on the road.
By far one of the best ways to be ready when winter comes is to get your vehicle tuned up. Getting a regular tune up on your vehicle is something that should be done annually anyway, so scheduling your tune up to be done before the winter hits will allow for all the fluids to be at their recommended level and a good mechanic will be able to tell you about any potential problems that need attention. A general tune up involves changing the air filter, oil change, new oil filter, changing of spark plugs and a host of other services that vary depending on the make and model of the car as well as the dealership doing the work.
When people drive their cars often they tend to keep an eye on the tread of their tires, but where many people error is assuming that if there is adequate tread on the tires that they are fine driving in any weather conditions. Standard tires are designed with standard weather conditions in mind. Should you live in a part of the country that is known to have a significant amount of snow each year, you may want to ensure that snow tires are on your car before the wintery weather hits. Snow tires have the ability to help the vehicle stop easier during a skid and keep the vehicle from sliding off the road in the event that a curve is taken a little too fast on an icy road.
Your battery is the life force of your vehicle. It is the means of powering the vehicle and therefore should be checked regularly especially if the winter is close at hand. Winter has a bad way of draining the life from an old battery. There is nothing more frustrating than heading off to work or school on a cold morning only to discover that your vehicle will not start from dead battery. A battery check is a simple thing and many dealerships will offer to check you battery for little or even no money at all.
People often try to ensure that their vehicles are in good repair, but they may not stock their vehicle contains emergency items. Even with the most up to date maintenance to your vehicle, you are bound to run into a little trouble while on the road. Fluids that need to be on hand are oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and antifreeze. On hand tools should be jumper cables or a jump box, a car jack, and a lug wrench. You may also want to keep a tarp handy within the vehicle should you have to use any of these materials during icy rain or snow. One emergency trick that you may also want to keep in mind is to keep salt in the vehicle during the winter. Even with the use of snow tires salt can give you the extra traction needed to get out of a slick situation.
Need Help Winterizing your Car? We can Help.
We are Bill DeLord Cadillac Buick GMC and we want to help you make sure that your car is ready for the coming winter. We are experts when it comes to vehicle maintenance and want to put our expertise to work for you. We are located in Lebanon, OH and offer service to all of Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Xenia, Wilmington, and Hamilton. Winterizing your vehicle will save you for a great deal of hassle this winter season and we would be honored if you would allow our highly trained maintenance staff to give your car the once over before the cold has any effect on your ability to get to where you need to be. Give our knowledgeable service department a call today at (513) 282-0026 or schedule online here and we look forward to seeing you soon.