10 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

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10 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter


McKonly's Garage Blog

Winter can be harsh on vehicles. Cold temperature have a way of making small problems big as well as creating new ones. In the winter you can bet that hard starts get harder & soft brakes get softer. Follow these simple steps to ensure your vehicle is ready for freezing temperatures and winter driving conditions.

1. Be sure to correct current problems before they get worse. As mentioned, cold temperatures have a way of exacerbating vehicle issues.

2. Check your service records and owner's manual to ensure you're up to date with scheduled maintenance. Keeping up with these services is important for overall vehicle health.

3. Check your tires to make sure they have good traction and no bubbling or cracked rubber. You may want to invest in all weather tires!

4. Have a local auto repair shop check your brakes to ensure optimal stopping power.

5. Check your battery to ensure it is not due for replacement and that there is no corrosion around the terminals or any loose connections. It'd be a pain to get stuck on a cold winter day due to a dead battery!

6. If you're due for a coolant flush don't delay any longer. This fluid not only prevents your vehicle from overheating, but it is also known as antifreeze - helping ensure the inside of the engine doesn't freeze.

7. Check all your exterior lights, including headlights, turn signals, driving lights, brake lights, reverse lights and others to make sure they are properly working. The days are short!

8. Replace filters, such as the fuel filter, air filter and when you change the oil, the oil filter, to improve vehicle performance this winter.

9. Does your heater and defroster work? Better check now if you want a comfortable ride!

10. Replace worn wiper blades for a clear view of the road through winter rain and snow!

Take precautions as hit the highway this holiday season. Keep yourself and your family safe by performing regular auto maintenance on your vehicle. If you need help preparing your vehicle for winter in Lancaster come see the maintenance specialists at McKonly's Garage. We perform all sorts of services to keep your vehicle safe and healthy. Call us today at (717) 208-8210 to schedule an appointment for quality auto repair in Lancaster!


McKonly's Garage Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ