Cold weather is setting in, and you know what that means: winter. The chilly season in Maine can be especially tough on your car, so here are some winter car maintenance tips to help your car get ready for those frigid temps.
Replace Windshield Wipers
In order to clear that falling snow (and you know there’ll be plenty), you’ll need capable wipers. Be sure to replace your wipers if they haven’t been replaced in the past six months.
Get an Oil Change
Even if it’s a little early for your oil change, it’s better to be safe than sorry. With cold temperatures, oil thickens. The thicker the oil is, the harder it is for it to properly lubricate the engine. Ask our service department what oil is best for the winter season.
Test Your Battery
In order to start your car in the winter, you’ll need a sturdy battery. Before the cold weather comes, be sure to check your battery’s charge and make sure it’s strong. If it comes back with a weak charge, you might want to replace it.
Consider Snow Tires
Snow is prevalent in Maine, so you should consider getting snow-ready tires. Swapping out tires (even if they’re all-season) is a smart idea to ensure you’ll get more traction on the road.
If you have any more questions about how to prep your car for winter, ask us here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.
If you’ve never visited the New England region in autumn, you’re missing out. Fall foliage here is one of the most beautiful things in the world! Seize the opportunity this year and take one of these fall road trips in Maine.
Rangeley Lake National Scenic Byway
The name says it all—start at Rangeley Lake and drive up Route 4, 112, or 17 for some breathtaking scenery.
Way up north, about five hours from Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck, you’ll find Fort Kent. It’s the largest section of undeveloped land this side of the Mississippi River, delivering 3.5 million acres of pure, natural foliage.
Have you ever admired the reflection of colorful trees in a body of water? At Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine, you can do just this.
If you’re going to travel to Moosehead Lake, you should visit this nearby site. Pack your hiking boots—and maybe even some camping gear—and make your way up this mountain for a 360-degree view of gorgeous Northeastern foliage.
Acadia All-American Road
Acadia National Park is a classic Maine destination in any season. This road will take you through the park for a road trip you’ll never forget.
Is your vehicle ready for fall? Use this list as a guideline for autumn preparations.
Pay attention to your lights
Headlights are critical this time of year as sunlight is available to us fewer hours of the day, increasing our need for visibility in the dim light. Make sure you not only replace broken lights, but also clean your headlight casing.
Replace your wiper blades
Autumn, for many places in the U.S., can be very wet. Keep your eyes on the road by investing in some new wiper blades that won’t streak during the ongoing rain.
Test your battery
Lower temperatures can reduce battery capacity, so prepare for the colder months by having your battery’s capacity tested to make sure it can weather the fall and winter.
Check your heat and defroster
This is one should be obvious: after blasting the AC all summer long, you need to ensure that your heat (and, consequently, your defroster) work. These will be critical in not only keeping you warm, but also maintaining visibility on frosty mornings.
Have your engine inspected
Mechanical parts start to have issues when low temperatures set in. Prepare for fall and winter by having a pro look over your engine to check for any issues.
If you have any more questions or concerns about getting your car ready for fall, don’t hesitate to ask us here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.