Simple Tips to Properly Winterize Your Car

Winter Car

You can already feel it in the air: winter is just around the corner. Before hitting the road in the cold, it’s important to follow these simple steps to properly winterize your car.

 

Check your oil

Cold weather causes motor oil to thicken up and become less effective. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to switch to thinner oil that delivers optimal performance even when the temperature drops below freezing. Fortunately, this is an easy, inexpensive step you can take to keep your car running well all winter.

 

Install snow tires

Despite what the name suggests, all-season tires aren’t your best option in cold weather. Instead, consider installing a dedicated set of snow tires, as they provide better traction and performance in cold, snowy driving conditions.

 

Wash and wax

Keeping your car clean isn’t just about looking flashy. In fact, hitting the car wash and applying a protective layer of wax is one of the best ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior against corrosive materials like salt that tend to build up on car bodies over the winter.

 

Stow emergency items

Finally, it’s important to stow some emergency items in your vehicle in case of a cold-weather breakdown. You should always have non-perishable food and water, a blanket or two, and a battery-powered cellphone charger in case of emergency.

 

Of course, another good idea is to get your car checked here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck. Our friendly service staff would be happy to make sure you are cold-weather fit.

Winter Car

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Winter car maintenance

 

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.