With winter coming up, make sure you're thinking about getting your vehicle ready as well as your wardrobe and your home. Before the first frost hits, take your car, truck, or SUV to the Swope Family of Dealerships and have them help you winterize your vehicle. When you take a few simple service steps, your vehicle can run smoothly all winter long.
Winterizing Your Vehicle
Check Your Battery
The cold weather can be rough on your car battery. When the weather gets cold enough, a lead-acid battery is only running at half its capacity. The service department can run a battery load test to see if your battery needs to be replaced or if you can drive with confidence through freezing Kentucky weather.
Change the Wiper Blades and Refill the Fluid
Seeing clearly is one of the most important concerns in winter weather, especially wintry mixes that can change from rain to sleet to ice on a dime. Make sure your windshield wipers are new and work well. Also, make sure you or a mechanic replaces the windshield wiper fluid to keep those windows clear.
Check Your Tire Pressure--And Consider Snow Tires
Tires are your first defense against challenging road conditions, so you need to make sure that your tires are in good condition. Have the service department check the tread on your tires and their general condition. If they're close to their expiration date, consider investing in new tires.
If you live in an area that gets snow and ice, consider investing in winter tires. Sometimes called snow tires, these types of tires actually allow you to grip the roads more successfully because the rubber is softer and more pliable with more shallow treads. Though it seems like an extra expense, when you swap out your all-weather tires for winter tires, you're actually lengthening the life of both sets of tires.
Change the Oil
Obviously, routine maintenance should be a key part of your life all year round, but it's especially important to make sure that you are up-to-date on your maintenance schedule before winter hits. Giving your vehicle everything it could need will allow it to work most effectively under the most challenging conditions.
These few minor winterizing steps can truly make a difference in how your vehicle performs and how confidently you travel during the harsh winter months. Give the Swope Family of Dealerships a call and schedule an appointment today!