Ready or not, winter is just around the corner. And before you’re stranded in the cold with a car that can’t handle it, it’s a good idea to take the milder autumn weather to perform some routine maintenance in order to get your car ready for winter. Not sure where to start? The following are some of the must-check boxes on your winter maintenance to-do list.
Especially in cold and potentially icy conditions, the health of your car’s tires is extremely important when it comes to overall vehicle safety. Make a habit of regularly checking your vehicle’s tire pressure as well as monitoring tread and alignment for potential problems. If something seems off, get in front of it before it becomes a major issue.
Cold weather puts additional strain on any car battery, which means a failing car battery can quickly become a dead car battery as winter rolls in. Make sure you check your car’s battery to ensure it is holding an adequate charge before winter officially arrives.
Routinely changing your car’s oil is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to keep your car in great shape year after year. Consider switching to a special winter-grade motor oil with a viscosity that allows for optimal performance in freezing temperatures and ensure that your vehicle is up to the task all winter long.
If you need any maintenance or services done before winter rolls in, don’t delay: Stop into Hurlbert Toyota and make the most of the milder season.