Winter is coming. And that means snow, wind, hail, icy roads, frosted windshields, rock salt… you name it. Winter is the worst time of year for cars, especially in Minnesota, where winter storms can wreak havoc on just about anything in sight. The good news is that there are ways to protect your vehicle – at least from the effects of the freezing cold – to help ensure you and your car are ready to face with winter without any issues. Otherwise, you might just find yourself stranded, wishing you’d gotten your snow tires or hoping your battery will magically start again on its own. At St. Paul Auto, we want to make sure you’re prepared this winter, and that’s why we recommend working with our St. Paul, MN winter vehicle maintenance experts to find out how your care can be better ready for winter if it isn’t already.
Why Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter?
Although it would be nice to be able to look at a car and drive it around aa bit to know whether it’s going to be fine through the winter, that’s just not the case. Even if your vehicle has been functioning perfectly fine the entire year, it’s had months of warm weather and easy terrain, and things are about to get a whole lot different. As winter approaches, you should be preparing for needing better tires, a better heating system, better brakes, a better battery, and more reliable fluids than you need the rest of the year. If your car breaks down in the middle of summer, it’s really not a big deal; you just call someone to pick you up, or you call a tow, and you’re golden. But in the winter time, it’s not always guaranteed that you’ll be able to find help quickly, and you’ll definitely be colder than you’d like to be. So how can you ensure you don’t get stuck this winter?
Full Winter Inspections and Maintenance
The best thing you can do for your car and for yourself is to have a complete checkup done on your vehicle. This means a full inspection of your vehicle, including checking:
- Engine performance and drivability
- Tires, replacing worn tires or installing snow tires, if necessary
- Battery life; you do NOT want to get stuck out there with a dead battery just because you didn’t realize yours was on its way out
- Fluid levels; be sure your fluids are full and clean, including heating and cooling, brake, and transmission fluids, and oil
- Heater and defroster functionality
- Brake functionality
At St. Paul Automotive, we aren’t just worried about our business; we’re worried about everyone who comes into our shop, and even everyone who doesn’t. The roads can be a dangerous place, especially when you add unprepared vehicles into the mix with winter weather, and we want to help make sure you stay safe this season. To schedule a winter maintenance appointment with our St. Paul, Minnesota winter preparation professionals, call us today at (651) 298-0956.