Temperatures are cold in Albuquerque. When the temperature drops, people put on coats, scarves and gloves to protect themselves against the cold weather. Just as you prepare yourself for the cold weather, your car needs to be prepared for the dip in temperature. Although we don’t recommend buying scarves and gloves for your car (we don’t think that would help ;)), there are steps that you can take to ensure your car functions properly during the winter months.
At-Home Winter Maintenance
We always want you to come see us if you need service on your vehicle or if there’s a little light making your dashboard glow. However, there are a few winter maintenance procedures that you can do yourself that may keep you from needing our repair services. These winter maintenance procedures include:
- Checking your tire pressure. Colder temperatures can cause your tires to lose pressure, so this is something you’ll want to monitor closely. Once the tire losses pressure, it creates more resistance for your car. More resistance for tires translates into lower gas mileage. Check your tire pressure every time you fill up with gas.
- Replacing your windshield wipers. Wipers are crucial to maintaining visibility during winter weather conditions. You cannot safely drive without proper visibility. If your windshield wipers are no longer clearing rain or snow off your windshield but smearing the water, it’s probably time to change your wipers. You can get new wipers anywhere you can get car parts. The directions to install the new wipers can usually be found on the packaging. Ensure you have the correct wiper length for your car before you make a purchase.
- Checking for corrosion on your battery. Corrosion on your battery can cause it to stop working properly, requiring you to replace the battery earlier than expected—or leave you stranded out in the cold. You can do this by lifting your hood and locating your battery. If you see buildup of a yellow or blue substance on your battery, you can try using baking soda and water to remove it. We’ll explain more next month!
If you aren’t sure where to locate any of these parts or what the recommended values are for your car, the best place to look is always your owner’s manual. You might even find information about your car that you didn’t know!
Bring Your Vehicle In Today
If you don’t feel comfortable performing these maintenance tips at home, or if you have a more serious issue with your vehicle, bring your car into Quanz Advanced Auto Body today. We have expert mechanics who are experienced and trained to perform any type of maintenance on your vehicle. No appointment is necessary for you to be seen.