Pretty soon, temperatures will be dropping in the Reno and Sparks area. Will your vehicle be ready for winter weather? Let’s look at tips on how to winterize your vehicle.
According to an article at carproof.com, “Winter Auto Care”
Clean the inside: It’s a good idea to give your vehicle a deep clean while the weather’s still relatively nice. You don’t want to be digging out garbage and spare change from in between your seats while you’re surrounded by snow and frigid temperatures. Vacuum the carpets and give your dashboard and accessories a clean sweep. Clean out your trunk so you’ll have room for winter traveling essentials. You might also want to replace your floor mats with weather resistant mats.
Wax on, wax off: Clear off all the summer dust and built-up bugs with a good car wash. Use a wax that will help coat and protect the exterior from road salt and one that will make it easier to brush away snow and ice. Touch up any scratches or chips as these could get worse over the winter months.
Give your car a tune-up: If it’s been awhile since you’ve taken your vehicle into the shop, don’t keep putting it off. The cold weather can make existing problems worse and delaying a repair can potentially cost you more money down the road. Whether you’re savvy enough to do the maintenance check yourself, or you rely on the advice of your mechanic, there are several areas you should pay attention to. The first is your car battery – dropping temperatures and increased accessory use (defrosters, heat, windshield wipers) can put a strain on your battery. You don’t want to spend time digging your car out of a snowy driveway just to find out it won’t start anyways. You’ll also want to test your heat system; your front and rear window defrost and your four-wheel drive as these are areas that don’t get a lot of use during the summer months.
Fill-up the fluids: Have a look at your coolant system to ensure it’s working properly and to spot any cracked hoses or leaks. Investigate your brakes and look to see if it’s time for an oil change. The change in temperature can affect your oil, so check your owner’s manual for specifics on what type of oil works best for your car in each season.” To read the entire article click here.