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What does winterizing a car mean?

01/03/202259 Auto Repair

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Each winter, you should have an inspection done on your vehicle to make sure it is ready for the colder weather. So, what does a technician check in the wintertime?

The technician will inspect the tires for good tread life as well as proper tire inflation. The battery should be tested for proper cold-cranking amperage as well as reserve capacity. Batteries typically last about 5 years before they will stop holding a charge. The oil should be replaced based on your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule. In winter, the coolant should be checked for its freezing point as well as the level.

If it gets too cold, old coolant can freeze, causing issues with your vehicle. The belts and hoses should be inspected for cracks and glazes. If your vehicle can be put in 2WD or 4WD, you should make sure your vehicle is in 4 wheel drive for better traction in the snow. The wiper blades should be inspected to ensure they are not streaking or torn. Wiper blades are not iced scrapers and snow should be cleared from the windshield before the wiper blades are turned on. Using the windshield wipers to clear the snow will strain the wiper motor and can break the wiper arms. Before winter, all your fluids should also be checked for proper levels. Call us today to have your vehicle inspected for winter!

How do I check my power steering fluid?

12/29/202159 Auto Repair
With power steering fluid, there are 2 main ways to check the fluid depending on what kind of vehicle you have. If your vehicle has a clear bottle, there will be a minimum and maximum line. When the vehicle is warm, the fluid should be between these two lines. If it is below the minimum, power steering fluid should be added. If the vehicle has a dipstick for the power steering fluid, this should be used to determine if the fluid is full. When the vehicle is warm and off, you should remove the po

How do I keep rodents out of my vehicle?

12/03/202159 Auto Repair
With winter and colder weather fast approaching, many animals will start to look for new, warmer homes. What makes a better home to fight off the cold than your engine compartment? The mice in the area feel the heat coming from your nice warm car that you just parked and decide to make it their 5 star hotel. They start snacking on all the tasty wires under the hood. This causes all kinds of electrical issues on vehicles. Every winter, we see vehicles come in with electrical issues due to rodent

When should my battery be replaced?

11/24/202159 Auto Repair
A battery typically has a life span of 5 to 6 years. Over time, the battery's ability to hold a charge will lessen, causing the vehicle to not start. The technician will check the cold cranking amperage of the battery as well as the reserve capacity to determine the battery's performance. When a battery's cold cranking amps fall below optimal level, the battery should be replaced. Extreme weather, such as the cold in winter, puts extra strain on the electrical system of your vehicle to start.

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