Cold Weather Vehicle Preparedness

Now that fall has officially started, it is time to start preparing for winter. Cold weather can affect some parts of your vehicle, including the cooling system, belts and hoses, battery, and tires.

It is important that your cooling system has the correct concentration of antifreeze/coolant to protect against freezing temperatures. Antifreeze prevents the liquid in your cooling system from freezing and causing damage when the temperature drops. If your vehicle does not have the proper amount of antifreeze, we suggest a coolant system service. This includes flushing out all of the old liquid and replacing it with the correct concentration of antifreeze/coolant, pressure testing for leaks, checking the heater and thermostat function, and checking all belts and hoses.

Belts and hoses can also be affected by cold weather. They undergo extreme temperature changes, from possibly freezing temperatures at starting, to the high heat environment created by the warm engine. Temperature extremes can cause belts and hoses that are old or cracked to fail.

It is also a good idea to have your battery tested for proper voltage before cold weather strikes. This is a good time to have the battery terminals and cables inspected for corrosion as well. If  your battery is weak, cold weather can severely diminish its cranking power, and leave you stranded on a cold morning.

To maintain safety, have your tire pressure and tread checked during the winter. Cold air can cause tire pressure to drop, which can result in poor tire performance and reduced fuel economy. As a courtesy, we check tire pressure during our lube oil filter service. Tread condition is also important because you need good tread to stop in rainy and snowy conditions.

Please don’t wait to have these items inspected. We want you to be able to start your car on a cold dark morning, and safely arrive at your destination.

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