Safety And Comfort Throughout The Winter Season

How you utilize your car during the winter may differ somewhat from how you utilize it during the rest of the year. Weather variables can affect your vehicle's performance. The heater, the fluids, the braking system, and the tires should be inspected and addressed while completing your winter preventative maintenance plan.

The Heater

If you drive in a region that is cold during the winter months, you may tend to rely heavily on your vehicle's heater. The heating unit and the heating vents should be inspected. Any blown fuses that connect to the heater will need to be replaced. The vent covers can be vacuumed or brushed off.

While your car is idling, turn on the heater. Take notice of how long it takes to heat up the inside of your vehicle. Hold your hands in front of each vent to ensure that a consistent amount of heated air is blowing through each vent opening. If the heater fails to work properly, an auto service mechanic's inspection may be necessary.

The Fluids

Oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid should be checked and replenished. Your car's engine cooling system relies upon the use of a water-based liquid. If there isn't an adequate amount of coolant in your vehicle, the engine could overheat.

Add antifreeze to the freshwater tank under your vehicle's hood. If any of the fluid levels go down quickly and you suspect that there is a leak somewhere, having an automotive service technician inspect the fluid tanks and lines will be necessary.

The Braking System And The Tires

Brake pads wear out after driving a vehicle a lot. A pair of brake shoes and pads can be installed during your vehicle's next service appointment. During this time, a mechanic will bleed the brake lines and test out your vehicle's stopping power. If you haven't purchased a new set of tires for your vehicle in a while and you plan on driving your vehicle both during mild and inclement weather, investing in a set of winter tires is a good idea.

These types of tires contain deep grooves in them that will help you maintain control while driving across snow, slush, and ice-covered surfaces. Another alternative is to leave a set of all-season tires on your vehicle and to add chains to your tires. The chains should be added whenever you will be driving in winter weather.

Visit a shop like Gregs Japanese Auto Parts and Service that provides preventative vehicle maintenance.