When to Winterize Your Vehicle

We may only be in September, but before you know it, we will be breaking out the winter coats and scarves. It is easy to remember to winterize ourselves, meaning bringing out the appropriate clothes and turning on the heater, but sometimes, we forget about our car. Before the holidays get here, and you are absolutely swamped, bring your vehicle to Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission for winterization. 

Here are important steps in winterizing your vehicle that should be performed before winter starts:  

 

  1. Check your battery. Cold weather will take a toll on your car, as the chemical reactions required to start your car slow down and decrease in chilly temperatures. It would be smart for a technician to perform a thorough battery inspection to ensure it is working properly or to see if it will need to be replaced in the future. 

  2. Check your antifreeze mixture. If your antifreeze mixture is about 50:50, your vehicle should be in good shape. To be sure the mixture is correct, bring your car into Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service to test the composition.

  3. Insect your windshield wipers. During wintertime, you will need to see the road while Mother Nature is raging on. This is where your windshield wipers come in. Visibility is crucial. 

  4. Keep an eye on that tire pressure. If snow tires aren’t for you, make sure to monitor your tire pressure, as for every 10-degree drop in temperature, your tire pressure will drop approximately 1psi. 

  5. Don’t forget about your belts and hoses! Colder temperatures can weaken the belts and hoses in your engine. These belts and hoses are crucial for the overall operation of your vehicle, as a worn belt can easily snap when you are driving. 

  6. Transfer cases for 4x4 truck owners. When was the last time your transfer case fluid was checked? If it has been a few years, you really should change it. The transfer case is responsible for engaging the axles of a vehicle, and the fluid in the transfer case makes the operation of its chains, belts, or gears run smoothly.

  7. Check your All-wheel drive system. Maybe we are a little biased because we specialize in transmissions, but all too often, the all-wheel-drive systems are overlooked when prepping for Winter. Your All-wheel drive system is what allows your vehicle to gain more traction during slippery conditions. Snow, ice, and other wintertime driving hazards certainly make for slippery surfaces, and that’s not good when your all-wheel-drive vehicle can’t get a grip on the road. Bring your All-wheel drive to Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission for an inspection.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an inspection. We will perform the necessary preventative maintenance measures, designed to enhance the security and safety of your vehicle during the colder months of fall and winter. 

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