With the transition to the winter season may be slow or abrupt, we need to start thinking about giving your car, SUV, or truck a winter makeover. While maintenance and automotive repairs need to be performed throughout the seasons, your vehicle needs a bit more attention during the harsh winter. Road conditions in Davenport, IA, can become very hazardous, making your car inoperative. It's essential to plan ahead so you don't end up stuck in a snowstorm. Our mechanics have compiled the following list of helpful tips and tricks to best prepare your vehicle for the cold weather.
Install Winter Tires - Winter tires have thicker and more appropriate tread, making it easy to grip the road in rainy, icy, or snowy conditions. If it snows a lot where you live, winter tires are a great investment to make. Besides tire changes, you need to keep up with your tire maintenance (pressure checks, tire rotations, etc.)
Test Your Battery - Cold weather makes it more difficult for your battery to start your engine. It also weakens the charge that your battery can deliver anywhere else. At River City Tire & Automotive, our team can test your battery and ensure no corrosion on the terminals.
Brakes Inspection - As mentioned before, winter can bring a variety of weather conditions: rain, fog, snow, etc. It's essential to have your brakes inspected for sufficient fluid and functional parts.
Defrost/Climate Control System - Our techs can test your window defroster and climate control system to ensure they are both working correctly. The HVAC system not only keeps you warm in freezing temps, but it'll also prevent your windows from fogging up.
New Windshield Wiper Blades - Wiper blades are relatively inexpensive and quick to replace. It's wise to replace them before winter is in full swing. You'll need them to continue to clear off the snow and ice from your windshield so that you can see.
For assistance on these winter maintenance tasks, please feel free to give the River City Tire & Automotive experts a call or visit!