We had a storm last week. An ice storm that almost made me cancel my cookie making plans. The storm wasn’t even the problem. The problem is, I didn’t follow my own advice. I didn’t make sure my car was winter ready. I have talked about it with a lot of people and said you don’t want to find yourself with a vehicle that isn’t ready for the cold. You could come out to find it doesn’t work. I came out to find that my van did not want to turn over. So now is the time. Look at your car and see if it is winter ready. If it isn’t, can it be? No, be sure to stop in to Browns Jeep Chrysler Dodge in New York. They can help you get into a car that is winter ready, or help you get yours where it needs to be.
If you are in the same boat as me, then you need to follow these simple steps.
Routine Care and Tune Ups: No one wants to break down, no matter where you are. Cold weather takes a toll on your car. It can make your car break down faster. Cold weather messes with the battery, cracks hoses and causes leaks.It is important to make an appointment with a local dealership to get your car checked out and get a tune up. Ask your mechanic check for leaks and worn out hoses.
Check the battery: The cold zaps a batter faster that anything. It a car doesn’t get started often, or if it is an old battery the cold will drain the batter very fast. This is a big inconvenience while at home and even more so when you are out somewhere. Make sure your battery is not too old and has enough power stored. Many auto part stores can check the voltage left in a battery. After checking the battery with the voltage meter, they can let you know if you are in need of a new battery.
Check the tires: You always want to make sure you are paying attention to your tires. Tires are extremely important and many times, you won’t know there is a problem, until it is too late. Having tires that are in good condition is always important, but having good tires during bad weather is extremely important. If you can put a penny in the tire threads and see all of Abe’s head, it is time for new tires. Tires that are bald or do not have enough tread on them can not grip the road as well as tires that are new or in good condition.
Check the cooling system: A painful bite to your budget: a cracked block. It is a major expense and a hassle that you definitely want to avoid. It is important that your car has the right mix of antifreeze. If there is too much water, the water can freeze and crack the block. If there is not enough antifreeze, you might not have heat either. If it has been a while since you have had a coolant flush think about it. Coolant gets dirt and particles in it after time and loses its effectiveness.