Winter is upon us, 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). At St. Paul Automotive, we want to make sure you’re prepared this winter, and that’s why we recommend working with our winter vehicle maintenance experts to find out how your car can be better ready for winter.
Prepare Your Vehicle For winter
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 not a big deal; you just call someone to pick you up, or you call a tow, and you’re golden. But in the wintertime, it’s not always guaranteed that you’ll be able to find help quickly, and you’ll 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: replacement of worn tires and/or installing snow tires
● BATTERY: checking fluid levels, corrosion, charge, and cold-cranking amps
● FLUID LEVELS: including heating and cooling, brake, and transmission fluids, and engine oil
● CLIMATE CONTROL: Heating unit and defroster functionality
● BRAKES: Brake fluid levels, pad thickness, and overall functionality
● WIPERS: Checking condition for possible replacement
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. Before the harsh winter weather arrives, you should have your vehicle serviced for the challenges winter can pose. You should always keep an emergency kit in your car — especially during the wintertime — in case you are stranded and need to wait for assistance. Make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the winter months. Schedule an appointment today for our mechanics to inspect your vehicle and get you prepared for the upcoming winter season. To schedule a winter maintenance appointment with our St. Paul, Minnesota winter preparation professionals, call us today at (651) 298-0956.