Preparing your Car for Winter

preparing your car for winterFrom cold temperatures damaging the powertrain to accidents caused by ice patches, it’s clear that winter isn’t the best time of the year for your car. So before the temperatures drop in Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, use these tips from the Cavalier Ford Greenbrier service center to get your car ready for winter.

Check the Battery

Cold temperatures can decrease the charge of your battery, so make sure that it has enough juice to power your vehicle before the frigid temperatures set in. Take your vehicle to the service department at Cavalier Ford Greenbrier and we’ll check the charge level. If it’s too low, you should replace your battery right away to avoid getting stranded in the cold.

Turn Up the Heat

There’s nothing worse than your vehicle’s heater blowing cold air during the winter. To make sure that the system works well and heats your interior efficiently, test the heater. It should blow hot air immediately. If it takes too long to warm up or it doesn’t warm up at all, schedule a service appointment at Cavalier Ford Greenbrier to have it repaired.

Replace Fluids

Antifreeze, oil, and windshield wiper fluid play critical roles in keeping your vehicle healthy during the winter, but you need to check the levels. If they’re too low or too dirty, they may need to be topped off or changed.

Change Wiper Blades

In addition to topping off your windshield washer fluid, it’s important to replace your windshield wipers. During the summer and fall, they take a serious beating as they wipe away rain, leaves, and other debris on the windshield. Come winter, the rubber squeegee will most likely have small tears and leave streaks that impact your visibility. Replacing your windshield wipers ensures that you see clearly through rain, sleet, and snow.

Switch Tires

During the winter, ice, snow, and cold temperatures decrease the performance of all-weather tires. Because of this, the chances of getting into an accident increase. Fortunately, winter tires can help. They’re designed specifically for the colder temperatures and winter weather conditions. They can provide enhanced traction to avoid slipping, and they’re made with special strong rubber to maintain the proper tire pressure.

Schedule a Service Appointment

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Scheduling a service appointment before winter rolls in is the most important thing you can do to prepare your car for winter. Doing this allows our professionals to inspect every part and system to ensure that they’re in proper working order. If there’s a problem, they’ll repair it in a timely fashion to make sure that your car is ready to take on frigid temperatures, ice, and snow.

Preparing your car for winter is your best defense against damaging temperatures and bad conditions. So take note of the tips above and talk with our service department at Cavalier Ford Greenbrier to ensure that your car gets through the long cold season.

For more ways to prepare your car for winter, contact Cavalier Ford Greenbrier at 888-270-7614!

 

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