Winter is right around the corner, which is why it is the perfect time to winterize your car. There are a few important things you can do to ensure you stay safe behind the wheel, things that can also extend the life of your car and prevent future breakdowns. Here are just some of the many tips to keep in mind when winterizing your car.
According to the DMV, one of the most important things to do is check your tires. In terms of visual inspection, be sure to check for cracking, bulges, and uneven tread. These can be signs that you need to have your car realigned. To check the tread, take a penny and flip it upside down. After placing it in the middle of the tire tread, check to see if you can see above Abe’s head. If so, you need new tires. You should also consider winter tires for bad weather, as these help you get added grip.
Another important way to winterize is to check the electrical system. You can do an initial check by looking over the wiring, checking for frays and corrosion. However, you should have a professional look at the rest. A technician can also test your battery to see if it has enough charge for the winter ahead. If it is running low, consider getting a new battery for the cold season.
Finally, check your fluids. In particular, make sure you have the proper blend of antifreeze/coolant, as too much water could crack the engine block. This effectively ruins the engine. You should also top off your wiper fluid, adding de-icer if possible. Visibility is always key when driving.
These are just some of the ways to winterize your car. Stop by Riverside Ford today to have a professional get your car ready for the winter season.