Is your vehicle ready for the cold winter? As we approach the midpoint of fall, it is only a matter of time before you will need to turn on the heat at home and start making adjustments for the winter. One of the most important things to take care of is your vehicle. Proper maintenance and repairs can prevent issues with your vehicle. Here is a helpful guide to all the maintenance and repairs you might want to get completed in November.
Check Your Fluids & Potentially Get An Oil Change
Cold air can be dangerous for the fluids in our cars. This is especially true for oil. Your oil will generally run thicker in the colder weather than in the spring and fall. Some vehicle manufacturers actually recommend that you replace your oil with an oil designed for the winter. Oil with lower viscosity is less likely to cause issues if temperatures plummet. Getting an oil change before the cold weather can protect your car from issues with internal lubrication. Whenever you change your oil, it is also effective to check other important fluid levels like your transmission fluid.
Inspect Hoses & Belts
The belts and hoses in your vehicle are usually made of rubber. Rubber can become brittle during the winter which causes cracking and tearing. This can lead to leaks or worn-down belts that eventually snap. It is important to check these hoses and belts for signs of cracking or soft spots before the winter to ensure that your vehicle is safe.
Check Your Battery
If your battery is over four years old, you may want to get it replaced. Additionally, you can ask a mechanic to check your battery and make sure that it is good to go. You always want to make sure that the contacts for your battery are clean and not corroded. The worst thing would be for your car to break down during the winter and not be able to jump it.
Pay Attention to Tire Treads
Driving in New England, you need all the traction you can get. Between black icy, snowstorms, and other hazardous conditions, it is important to ensure that your tires are not worn down. Some manufacturers recommend that you replace your tires or get snow chains depending on the climate you live in. At the very least you should always look for signs of worn-down cracked tires, and replace tires as needed before the first snowfall.
Inspect/Replace Your Wiper Blades
This one seems obvious but it can be easily overlooked. Make sure your blades are ready to wipe away snow and sleet effectively. If they are not able to, this can make driving unsafe as your visibility would get compromised. Additionally, test the defroster and make sure that it is also working properly.
Have Your Transmission Inspected
Colder weather can negatively impact your transmission. You will want a transmission specialist to take a look at your transmission before the winter months to make sure everything is working properly. Additionally, any AWD for 4WD vehicles should have their drive trains inspected before the winter to ensure that power is correctly distributed to all wheels.
Transmission & Auto Repair Services in Boston
Everett Transmission serves Boston drivers with a variety of auto repair services. We have been operating in Greater Boston for 50+ years. We know a thing or two about Boston winters and what they can do to your vehicles. If you are interested in getting an inspection or have questions about how to winterize your vehicle, give us a call.