January is one of the coldest months of the year in Newport News, VA. So do you feel like your vehicle is prepared to handle the near-freezing temperatures, and even possible snow, that the winter might bring? If you aren’t careful and neglect to perform certain maintenance, the winter can wreak havoc on your car. That is why you can rely on the professional team at B & L Automotive to take care of your seasonal maintenance.
Maintenance Musts for Prepping Your Vehicle for Cold Weather
Here are some of our essential maintenance tips that you should check off before the roads get icy:
Tip #1 - Change From Regular or All-Season Tires for Winter Tires
If you’re frequently on the road, no matter the weather, consider swapping out your tires for better performance. Winter tires have deeper and more pronounced treads to trek through snow. They are also made of more flexible rubber materials to help grip slippery surface roads.
Tip #2 - Swap Out Your Old Windshield Wiper Blades
Windshield wipers are the easiest and least expensive maintenance that can do wonders this time of year. Make sure your wipers are in good enough condition to handle ice and snow. Even if it rains, you want to make sure your windscreen is clear for optimal visibility. If you notice streaks or squeaks/squeals from your current set of wiper blades, they are overdue for a change.
Tip #3 - Fill Up Your Washer Fluid, and Check Other Fluids Too!
Along with replacing your wiper blades, make sure your vehicle is stocked with winter washer fluid. They have a lower freezing point, so they can fend against leaks in very cold temperatures. When you pop your car’s hood, fill up on this fluid, and don’t hesitate to check the others too – engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, etc.
Tip #4 - Get a Battery Test
Last but not least, check on the state of your car battery. When it is exposed to the cold, it tends to grow weak and not be able to pull enough power to start your engine. Make sure it operates at 12.6 volts or more.
If you need help checking these off your maintenance list this winter, we invite you to bring your car to B & L Automotive. We hope you and your loved ones have a safe winter driving.