While the month of October is considered the beginning of autumn, it’s also the time to prepare for the ice and snow sure to come your way. The following will discuss five basic maintenance tasks that will help prepare your car for winter. Strongly consider visiting an independent automotive service facility for better value and personalized service.
Have a technician inspect and adjust the pressure of every tire, even the spare. Tires have been known to drop a pound of pressure for every dip of 10 °F. The key is following the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure set forth in the owner’s manual. Make sure to also have the tires checked for bald spots and bulges.
Another key thing to inspect is tread depth. Put a penny inside a few tread grooves and verify if a portion of Lincoln’s head always remains covered. If this is the case, the tire has more than 2/32” of tread depth left, which is the recommended by the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration).
Switching to Winter Tires
When it’s less than 45 °F, all-season tires significantly lose their traction capabilities. Winter precipitation, ice, slush, and snow, makes driving more difficult. As a result, keep in mind that when temperatures begin dropping below 45 °F consistently, it will be necessary to switch to winter (or snow) tires.
Snow tires are designed to provide traction superior to all-season tires by 25 to 50%. Vehicles can only achieve their performance potential by being fitted with the proper tires. This is especially true in regions that experience severe winter weather, when consistent braking and handling are critical.
Battery, Brakes, Heating and Defrosting, and Wiper Blades
To completely prepare for Old Man Winter, make sure to inspect the following items:
Battery – Ensure connections are tight, clean, and have no corrosion and that the battery is properly charged.
Brakes – Request a complete inspection of drums, linings, and rotors.
Heating and Defrosting – Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation are working properly will ensure comfortable passengers and being able to defrost the windshield.
Wiper Blades – Replace every six months for adequate windshield visibility.
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