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Always Check the Air Pressure in the Tires

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With winter weather comes colder temperatures. You will notice that the tires may decrease with air pressure quicker than they do the rest of the year. This is because for every ten degree drop in temperature, the tires decrease air pressure. The tires could lose as much as one pound per square inch of air pressure. When the tires get low on air, you can run the risk of them blowing out when driving. Make sure that you check the tires on a regular basis. If they are low, you will want to fill them to the correct amount recommended in the manual or by us. If the tire continues to go low often, you will want to make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the tires for you.

Check the air pressure before you travel

No matter if you are traveling a few miles, or a few hundred miles, you will want to make sure the tires are in the best condition possible. Checking the air pressure is the first step in doing so. If you are on the road and notice the tires are low, most gas stations will have an air pump you can use for free. You will never want to drive on a low tire. Besides risking the tire blowing out, you can also cause other damage. The rims could become bent and be damaged if you choose to drive on a tire that is low. Preventative maintenance can help to decrease the chance of an unexpected low tire.

Remember the Spare

Another thing to remember is to check the spare tire. If a regular tire becomes damaged or blows out, you will have to rely on the spare tire to get you safely to your destination or home. Spare tires should also be inspected for their overall condition, so you can ensure you can use them if you need to.

How to Brake on Ice

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When you are driving, you will want to always drive as safe as possible. In the winter, make sure you take the proper precautions when driving on roads that are less than ideal. The first thing to do is to drive slowly on the roads. Doing so will help you to keep control of the vehicle when the roads are ice or snow covered. Driving at a speed that you are comfortable at will help to increase the safety when you drive as well. You will want to leave plenty of space from the vehicle in front of you. This will help to be prepared if the vehicle in front of you has to stop suddenly. It will allow you more time to brake as well. Always make sure to be aware of those around you too.

Checking tires

When you get ready to drive, make sure that you check the tires. You will want to make sure that there is enough air in them. Tires that are over or under inflated can be more prone to damage. Having the proper amount of air in them will help them to provide a comfortable ride for you. In the winter, tires can loose air pressure quicker than the rest of the year. Since this happens, always make sure to check the tires frequently. Also you will want to check the air pressure before you drive, or awhile after driving. If you check it right after driving, the tires are warm and can provide a false reading.

Don’t slam on the brakes

Also, remember not to slam on your brakes on ice. Doing so can result in the vehicle sliding or not being able to stop properly. Instead, you will want to pump the brakes in order for you to stop properly. If you know a stop sign or stop light is coming up, start slowing down before you get there, so you are able to stop and avoid an accident.

 

 

Check the Vehicle when Temperatures are cold

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There are several things that you should inspect on the vehicle when the winter temperatures become cold. The fluid levels should be checked. This includes the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and other fluids under the hood. When the temperatures get below freezing, you can increase the chance of a hose cracking or becoming damaged. You will want to bring the vehicle in so we can properly inspect the vehicle, belts, and hoses. When a hose is damaged, the fluid will leak out of it.

Tires

Another important thing to inspect are the tires of the vehicle. These are the only part that will make contact with the road, so it is important they are always in the best condition possible. Make sure to check the air pressure of each one. If the tire is low, make sure to fill it up as soon as you can. This will help the vehicle to be efficient, as well as keeping the tire last as long as possible. Tires that are lone can be more prone to blowing out. Remember to check the tires before you drive, or after some time when you are done driving. Sometimes the tires can give a false reading if you test it after driving. If a tire is leaking air often, bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Windshield Wipers

Also remember to check the windshield wipers. You will want them to be free of ice and snow. If not, the wipers can scratch the windshield when you turn them on to operate. It is ideal to start your vehicle to let it warm up before you drive. This can help to warm up the windshield, making it easier to remove any snow, ice, or frost build up on it. If the wipers are damaged, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can.

Notice Warning Lights from the Dashboard

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You will want to keep your vehicle working the best you can for as long as possible. One thing to remember is to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. Doing so will help prolong the life of the vehicle and parts. If there is an issue, we can advise you of your options and recommend the best solution. Between visits, make sure that you notice anything that might be out of the norm for the vehicle. If there is an issue, make sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment to inspect it. Always be aware of the warning lights on the dashboard. These are important because they will alert you to an issue that may not be noticed.

Service Vehicle Soon

The service vehicle soon light could illuminate on the dashboard. This light typically indicates an issue with lighting or even other electrical issues. You will want to check all the exterior lights of your vehicle. This should include the head lights, taillights, hazard lights, brake lights, and the turn signals. Sometimes, this light can also mean that there is an issue with the traction. If there is an issue between modules, then this light could turn on as well. It is always best to bring the vehicle in so we can properly inspect it for you.

Other Lights

Another light that might illuminate is the tire pressure light. This will indicate to you if one of the tires is low. When there is low air pressure, this light will come on. If a sensor is starting to malfunction, you may also notice this light coming on. If the tires are losing air often, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can properly inspect each tire for you. This will help to ensure the tires are in the best condition for winter.

How Winter Affects the Battery

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The battery for your vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. This will help to ensure that it can start your vehicle during the cold winter months. It is important to keep the connections of the battery clean, free of corrosion, and secure on the terminals. Sometimes you will notice that a battery is starting to show signs of failing. Batteries however, do not always show warning signs. Since this is the case, it is recommended that you have the battery tested to ensure the charge is at top performance.

Losing Power

During the winter, the engine requires more power in order to start. As the temperatures get colder, it also makes it difficult for the battery to provide enough power in order to start the vehicle. When you drive, it is important to have the vehicle make longer trips, rather than small short trips. As the vehicle operates, it helps to charge up the battery. When you make short trips and shut the vehicle off frequently, it does not give the battery enough time to fully charge.

Check the Terminals

Having the battery inspected is important to ensure it is physically in good condition. The entire battery and how it is connected should be inspected. The posts, cables, and terminals should be in the best condition as well. Battery connections should be connected tightly and clean. If there is any corrosion on the battery, you can use a stiff wire brush to clean it. Also the battery should be inspected to make sure it is secure. This will help to prevent vibration and extra movement as well. If the battery is loose, then it has a greater chance to become disconnected. Any signs you notice of your vehicle starting poorly should be taken seriously. Make sure to schedule an appointment and we can inspect the battery.

Starting the New Year with Proper Maintenance

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Always make sure that your vehicle is brought in for proper maintenance inspections. Doing so will help you to ensure that all the parts and components are working as they should be. If there are any issues with the vehicle, always make sure to have them inspected as soon as possible. This will help to prevent further damage and repair bills in the long run. Knowing when to bring your vehicle in is important, so if you are not sure, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you and recommend a schedule that is best for your vehicle. Now is a good time to make a New Year’s resolution to keep your vehicle in the best condition.

Check the Tires

One of the most important things to inspect would be each tire of the vehicle. This should also include the spare tire as well. When the tires are inspected, they should be looked at completely. This should include the air pressure, tread wear, and how the overall condition of the tire is. When the air pressure in the tire is low, you may feel the vehicle pull in that direction when you drive. Having tires too low can also increase the risk of damage being done to the rims of the vehicle. If you find yourself filling up the tire often, make sure that you bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Maintenance for Oil Changes

Another important thing is to have the oil changed on a regular basis. Doing so will help with the performance of the engine and vehicle. If the oil is dirty, the engine could get damaged from the particles and pollutants. Also, the oil helps to keep the moving parts running smoothly against one another. If there is not any oil in the vehicle, the engine can seize up and fail completely.

 

 

Keeping your Vehicle in Proper Condition

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When you drive your vehicle, keeping it in proper condition is important. During the winter months it is extremely important to keep the maintenance up to date. When you do so, then the vehicle will work in the most efficient condition possible. Any time that the vehicle does anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Doing so will help you to save money in the long run and prevent further issues as well. Notice what the vehicle does when you do certain things. Sometimes turning a corner will result in the vehicle to make odd noises or sounds. Other times the brakes might make a noise as well.

Regular Schedule

You will want to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis. If you are not sure when the schedule should be, make sure to contact us and we can set one up. The oil being changed is important to help make sure that the engine works. Having fresh clean oil will help to lubricate the engine. Without oil, the parts can wear against each other and cause further strain and damage. The oil filter will need to be changed as well. This will collect pollutants and dirt that are in the oil with age. Over time, the filter will become clogged with the dirt and pollutants. Usually the oil filter should be changed with every other oil change. This will help keep the oil clean and efficient.

Tires

The tires should also be inspected. Proper air pressure is always important. In the winter the tires can lose pressure more often. If the tire is low on air, it could be the tire, valve stem, or even a bead leak. If you notice the tires are not properly inflated, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it.

Staying up-to-date on Maintenance Inspections

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You will want to make sure that your vehicle is always properly maintained. Doing so will help it to be safe and reliable when you need to drive it. If you ignore the regular maintenance, you will end up doing further damage to your vehicle. This is because if there is a problem with a part, it can start to cause issues for any connecting parts. The longer you wait to resolve the issue, the more costly it will be. You will want to make sure that you bring the vehicle in so we can set up a maintenance schedule for you.

Oil Changes

One of the most important things is to make sure that the oil is changed on a regular basis. Doing so will help to ensure that there is always fresh clean oil in the vehicle. By having this, the parts will be properly lubricated when they are trying to operate when you drive. Without oil, these gears will add strain and stress to other parts of the vehicle. When this happens, the parts can become damaged with time. When you hear an odd noise from under the hood, it is always best to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Washer Fluid

Also remember to check the windshield washer fluid. In the winter you will need to use this to help clear the windshield as you are driving. Slush and road grime can splatter on the windshield of your car. Even if you use the windshield wipers, it can result in smear and streak marks for your visibility. In the winter, winter roads can be unpredictable because of the weather. It is recommended to look at the weather and road conditions before you leave home. That way you are prepared for any type of weather conditions.

Check your Vehicle before you Drive

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The vehicle you drive should always be well maintained. Following the regular maintenance schedule will help your vehicle be safe and reliable when you will need to drive it during the winter months. With the potential for bad road conditions to occur, you will always want to make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected or maintained, contact us. We can set the vehicle up on a schedule and alert you for when it should have certain tasks done. This can include oil changes, tire rotations or alignments, brake inspections, or just a bumper to bumper inspection.

Tire Pressure

Tires in the winter can lose air pressure quickly. This is because sometimes there is a bead leak from the tires. Also, low air pressure can be caused by the valve stem or the rims of the tires as well. It is recommended that you bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tire and rim to figure out where the issue might be. Make sure that before you drive the tires are at the right air pressure. Driving on tires that have too much or too little can cause issues. It can also do damage to the rims of the tire if the air pressure is too low.

Check Fluids

When you check the oil of the vehicle, also make sure that you check the other fluids. This will help ensure that everything under the hood is in the most efficient condition. If oil or another fluid is always needing to be replaced, contact us. There could be a leak in one of the hoses. If a fluid is going low often, you will want to have it fixed. Running the car without any can do significant damage.

Take Precautions in the Winter

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In the winter, there are several things you should remember. The first is that the winter roads can be slick, no matter what the weather is. Sometimes even just a little amount of frost can make the roads slippery. You will want to make sure that you are aware of what the condition of the roads might be. If the weather is less than ideal, then so are the roads. Make sure to drive a speed which you are comfortable at. This will help you to keep control of the vehicle, and not stress about everything. Also keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Typically is should be about three seconds. In less than ideal conditions, the amount should be doubled or tripled. This allows you enough time to stop if you need to suddenly.

Allow Time

You will also want to allow extra time when traveling. This is because if the roads are poor, then you will need to drive slower to also stay safe. The windshield and windows will also need to be scraped off before you go. Sometimes that can take a few seconds, while sometimes it can take quite a few minutes. It is determined by if there is a large build up of ice and snow on your vehicle. To help speed things up, you can start the vehicle and turn the heater to defrost. This will help warm up your vehicle, while also assist in warming up the windshield. You will want to check the side mirrors to ensure they are scraped clear as well, before you drive.

Tank filled

Also make sure your vehicle is over half full of fuel. This is important incase you go in the ditch. You will want to stay as warm as you can while help is on the way. Keeping the tank over half full will help you to be ready to drive.

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