As weather begins to cool and the holidays approach, savvy car owners know it’s time to prepare their vehicles for winter. That means doing more than kicking the tires and scheduling an oil change. To make sure your car is ready for driving during inclement weather, a number of major systems need inspection, and it never hurts to have a backup plan. Follow these tips from the pros at Quanz Auto Body to join the ranks of savvy ABQ drivers.
Get Your Brakes Inspected
Brake performance cannot be underrated when it comes to driving on wet and/or icy roads. While you may have gotten through the summer without tending to minor brake issues, now is the time to get your brakes inspected if you have noticed:
- Pulling to one side when brakes are applied
These signs may indicate the need for new brake pads, brake rotors and/or lubrication. If your brakes are actually in good health, some braking issues may actually point to problems with your tires—tread, balance and/or alignment. The ASE-certified mechanics at Quanz Auto Body perform a thorough inspection, explain our findings and provide an estimate for any necessary or recommended service.
Get Your Transmission Inspected
Cooler temperatures affect how fluids move through components of your car, and if there is a leak, symptoms may be exacerbated during winter. That also means that damage could be more severe (and that translates to more expensive). Because no one budgets for a transmission replacement, get your transmission inspected to ensure that there are no cracks or leaks in the system.
Pack an Emergency Kit
While a wintertime inspection can help you avoid a number of mechanical issues, accidents happen. You should be prepared in the event of an accident leaves you stranded on the side of the road. Here are some basic items—some for you, some for your car—that you should always have:
- Extra clothes and shoes
- First aid supplies
- Gallon of gas
- Extra oil
- Washer fluid
Check your insurance policy, too, to make sure you have roadside assistance coverage.