The 3 Reasons You Didn’t Know Why Proper Winter Car Care Is Important

There is no “off”season for exterior and mechanical vehicle maintenance. That means even in thebitterest cold, you need to do the work that keeps your car running andprevents corrosion once winter’s over. But proper winter car care is importantfor reasons that may not be readily apparent.

Quanz Auto Body encourages proper winter car maintenancethat includes things like:

  • Brushingand scraping snow off your windshield before using your wipers…
  • Switchingto winter/all-weather windshield wipers…
  • Leavingthe last little bit of frost, ice or snow on your auto body to melt natural
  • Washingand waxing your car when temperatures allow (at least 40° for two hourspost-wash)…
  • Switchingto all-season tires…
  • Toppingoff all fluids, especially wiper fluid and coolant/antifreeze…

Because…

#1: It SafeguardsYour Auto Glass

If you try to power through the frost, ice and/or snow onyour windshield with your wipers, you’re:

  1. Taxingyour wiper motor, and there’s no good reason to set yourself up for anadditional maintenance expense to get them working again
  2. Lettingeverything that got stuck in the frost, ice and snow scrape against yourwindshield, causing scratches that could impair visibility and contribute tothe growth of existing chips or cracks

By removing all frozen precipitation first and wiping yourwiper blades with a paper towel or your glove, you remove a lot of the debristhat can weaken your auto glass.

#2: It SafeguardsYour Paint and Clear Coat

Winter doesn’t last forever. With all snow and slush gone,any abrasive and corrosive damage to your vehicle’s exterior is going to benoticeable. If you don’t see any scratches, chips or areas where rust isbeginning to form, your clear coat could still be damaged, making theprotective layer and paint more vulnerable to UV exposure.

#3: It PreventsPremature Leaks

One reason we keep encouraging car owners to top off fluidlevels is because lines and hoses full of fluid are less likely to sufferfrequent freeze-thaws that happen when water (from interior and exterior condensation)builds up. Freeze-thaw cycles weaken hose materials, increasing the likelihoodthat hoses and lines or the seals around them will crack.Whilewe love to see you at Quanz, we’drather see you for scheduled maintenance, not maintenance emergencies. If youneed help with winter car care or fear you’ve already been neglectful of it,bring your car to our Westside location for a thorough inspection by ourASE-certified mechanics.