Preventative maintenance isn’t on the mind of many Arizona drivers right now. The weather is nice, cars aren’t over-heating, and your dash isn’t melting. But, there are things you need to maintain in order to keep your car running throughout this season. Here are some winter car tips that will help.
Check Tire Treads/Rotate Tires
Make sure that your tires have a balanced amount of tread and are accurately inflated. Driving on tires that don’t have enough pressure can cause premature wear and tear, leading to a loss of traction on slippery or icy surfaces.
One of the most important winter car tips is to check your vehicle’s fluid levels. Crucial fluids to check include brake fluid, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, and of course, the motor oil.
Cold weather can be hazardous for your engine. Winter weather can cause motor oil to thicken, making it more difficult for the engine to turn over. Having the lube/oil filter replaced when you have an oil change will ensure the vehicle’s system has the optimum amount of flow.
30-60-90 K Maintenance
Also referred to as “factory scheduled” maintenance, 30/60/90K maintenance is the schedule recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Maintenance services include replacing filters, spark plugs and/or plug wires, checking, topping off or replacing all the fluids (brake, transmission, etc.), tire pressure check and rotation, brake service, inspecting the timing belt, an oil change, tire rotation, and pressure check.
Check the Battery
The battery is hit hard when the weather plummets, reducing its power. A sluggish battery might just need to be charged, however, if it’s old and worn out or defective, you should replace it before it dies completely.
Check Windshield Blades
Good visibility is essential for safe driving, especially during winter weather which is why it’s so important to check the blades. To keep the blades and wipers working properly during the winter, never use them to remove ice, frost, or snow from the windshield. Instead, use an ice-scraper.
Winter Car Tips – Additional Basic Safety Tips
Besides keeping your car in tip-top condition, winter car tips include keeping basic supplies available just in case you get stuck. While Arizona winter weather is mild, it still makes sense to be prepared. Carry supplies like extra food and water, an ice scraper, flashlight, a first aid kit, and medication. Also, make sure that you have a cell phone with you and that you keep it fully charged for your winter driving trips.
By using the winter car tips listed here, getting your vehicle ready for winter, and driving safely, you’ll be able to handle any weather Mother Nature sends your way. As always, we can help you ensure your car, truck, or SUV is ready when you are. Contact us to schedule your preventative maintenance today.