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 the bitterest cold, you need to do the work that keeps your car running and prevents corrosion once winter’s over. But proper winter car care is important for reasons that may not be readily apparent.

Quanz Auto Body encourages proper winter car maintenance that includes things like:

  • Brushing and scraping snow off your windshield before using your wipers…
  • Switching to winter/all-weather windshield wipers…
  • Leaving the last little bit of frost, ice or snow on your auto body to melt natural
  • Washing and waxing your car when temperatures allow (at least 40° for two hours post-wash)…
  • Switching to all-season tires…
  • Topping off all fluids, especially wiper fluid and coolant/antifreeze…

Because…

#1: It Safeguards Your Auto Glass

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

  1. Taxing your wiper motor, and there’s no good reason to set yourself up for an additional maintenance expense to get them working again
  2. Letting everything that got stuck in the frost, ice and snow scrape against your windshield, causing scratches that could impair visibility and contribute to the growth of existing chips or cracks

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

#2: It Safeguards Your 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 be noticeable. If you don’t see any scratches, chips or areas where rust is beginning to form, your clear coat could still be damaged, making the protective layer and paint more vulnerable to UV exposure.

#3: It Prevents Premature Leaks

One reason we keep encouraging car owners to top off fluid levels is because lines and hoses full of fluid are less likely to suffer frequent freeze-thaws that happen when water (from interior and exterior condensation) builds up. Freeze-thaw cycles weaken hose materials, increasing the likelihood that hoses and lines or the seals around them will crack. While we love to see you at Quanz, we’d rather see you for scheduled maintenance, not maintenance emergencies. If you need 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 our ASE-certified mechanics.