A Vehicle’s Winter Tune-Up Checklist
As winter starts to arrive, drivers begin to remember that having their vehicle break down in frigid temperatures in an unpleasant experience. The goal of every driver is to keep their car working with no problems during the cold months. This can be achieved by having their vehicle get a winter tune up. There are certain areas of a vehicle mechanics know to inspect, so they can identify any possible cold weather problems.
A mechanic can perform a pre-winter diagnostic check on a vehicle’s engine. This is always considered a good investment. Before the cold months begin, it is a good time to get a vehicle a tune-up if one is necessary based on a vehicle’s maintenance schedule. This is a good way to identify any wiring issues, faulty wiring, spark plug issues as well as pressure leaks and more. This can help avoid many problems with driving during the winter.
When a vehicle’s brakes are not even, it will make driving on icy, slick roads even more dangerous. A mechanic will know how to check them and make certain a vehicle’s brakes are equal and not pulling to one side.
Wipers, Heaters, And Defrosters
When the weather is bad, it is important to have a clear view of traffic. A mechanic can carefully inspect a vehicle’s wipers, heaters, and defrosters. They will know how to determine if they are functioning properly. It may be advised a vehicle owner purchase cold-weather washer fluid as well as winter wiper blades.
A vehicle’s cooling system requires a flushing of it every few years. This is done with a specific chemical cleaner. Once this is completed, it is then filled with new antifreeze. This is also a time for a mechanic to check a vehicle’s thermostat, belts, pressure caps, hoses, and containers.
It is possible to improve the traction a vehicle in the snow by putting winter tires on all four wheels. The cold months are also a time to regularly check tire pressure. A decrease in air temperature by five degrees could result in a tire’s pressure decreasing by a pound.
The battery in a vehicle does not like the cold weather. If a person has had the same battery in their vehicle for a few winters, it is time to have it checked. A mechanic will make certain the connections are corrosion-free, tight and clean.
The cold months are also the time to worry more about carbon monoxide leaks. This is because a vehicle’s windows may always be closed. A mechanic will check a vehicle’s tailpipe and muffler for any possible problems.
Oil And Filters
It is a bad idea to start the winter season with dirty oil and filters. This will keep a vehicle’s engine from running efficiently. Right before the arrival of cold temperatures is a good time to have a vehicle’s oil changed and any worn filters replaced. This includes transmission, fuel, air as well as oil filters.
Driving during the winter has its own unique challenges. One way to deal with them is by having a winter tune up. This is a way to make certain a vehicle is performing at its best during the cold months of the year.
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