We have all heard the saying “all good things must come to an end” and unfortunately this saying is true when it comes to the summer weather. Summer weather is leaving and winter is on its way! That means it is time for winterizing our car. Because of our modern technology, winterizing a car isn’t the major hassle it once was, but it still needs to be done! These are some simple steps to take for winterizing a car.
Have Your Car Serviced- The oil in your engine needs to be changed regularly to keep your car running smoothly, so if you haven’t had your oil changed, do it now.
Have Your Cooling System Flushed- Your car’s cooling system not only keeps the engine from overheating but also from freezing, so it’s important to flush the system and have it replaced with fresh coolant.
Have the Battery Serviced- Your battery cables, terminals, and fluid should be thoroughly inspected for any damage or wear. It should also be checked to make sure it has the ability to hold a charge, so you are prepared for the colder weather. If your battery is more than 4 1/2 years old, consider replacing it.
Replace the Windshield Wiper Blades– Your wiper blades should be replaced with snow blades and make sure there is windshield washer fluid in the windshield washer reservoir. Don’t use plain water, it will freeze.
Have Your Tires Checked-Your tires should be checked to make sure they are in good condition for winter weather. You may want to consider using snow tires during the winter months, they do a much better job than an all-weather tire in the snow.
Have Your Brakes Checked– There is nothing more frightening than trying to stop in bad weather and not having your brakes do their job. If you haven’t had your brakes checked in the last six months, now is a great time to do it.
Those are the major steps that should be completed in winterizing a car but there are some small details you should do also. Put together an emergency kit for your car with a blanket, gloves, ice scraper, a small snow shovel, flashlight and kitty litter ( for traction in snow). Check the lights, heater and defroster to make sure they are working properly and have them repaired if not. You should also keep your gas tank as full as possible to prevent moisture from freezing in the gas lines.
For all of your Denver Auto Repair needs, trust Express Car Care. Call (303) 691-2760 or stop by our shop today.
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