Cold Weather Car Maintenance Tips

Biting winds and freezing temperatures have you bundled up this season. You’ve got your scarves, hats, gloves and winter coats all out of storage and ready to be worn, but what weather protection are you lending your car this winter?

While it might not be the first thing you think of when winter weather strikes, your car needs special protection against the cold, too.

Check out these five winter car maintenance tips from My Auto Solutions.

Invest in Sturdy Windshield Wipers

Wipers are essential for keeping snow and freezing rain off your windshield. Blades usually last around six months, so if it’s been longer, go ahead and replace them.

If you live in an especially wintery area with snow and ice, consider investing in rubber-clad winter blades. Fill up your reservoir with windshield washer fluid, and use an ice scraper to save your wipers from a burned-out motor.

Check Your Brakes

Because of the snowy, icy conditions often found on the roads in wintertime, you may find yourself feeling especially thankful for your anti-lock brake system. If you’re having issues with your brakes, or haven’t checked them lately, it might be a good time to make sure they’re up to snuff.

Generally, brake pads should be a quarter of an inch thick and your rotors should be smooth, not warped. Have a mechanic fix your brakes before you brave the winter weather if you notice any problems.

Replace Worn Tires

Those bald tires won’t cut it during the winter. If your tires have lost their tread, it’s time to replace them. Good tire tread can make the difference between a close call and an accident in icy conditions. Even if you don’t need new tires, it’s usually a good idea to get them checked and filled before venturing out in inclement weather.

Check Oil and Antifreeze Levels

Just like humans, your car needs to get its fluids. If you live in an area that’s prone to icy or snowy weather, consider requesting a winter weight oil at your next oil change. Also, make sure to fill up on antifreeze if you have an older model car to keep your car running smoothly despite the cold.

Maintain Your Heaters and Defrosters

You’re more likely to notice if your heater or defroster is malfunctioning in chilly weather, but it’s not a bad idea to get it checked before temperatures begin to drop. Maintaining your heater and defrosters is especially important in heavy winter conditions, in case you and your passengers get stranded because of ice or snow.

Contact My Auto Solutions for Electronic Auto Part Repair

At My Auto Solutions, we want to make sure you’re equipped for whatever winter weather comes your way. That’s why we repair your electronic auto parts for a fraction of the dealership costs and with quick turnaround.

To make sure your car is ready for cold weather, contact us at 678-778-8890 or online.