Did you feel the weather this morning? It was a bit nippy out there, which means this long-extended summer weather is finally ending. The last few weeks have been humid in Massachusetts, but as the calendar begins to turn to November, it means that winter weather is right around the corner. At Everett Transmission, we want to make sure your vehicle is prepared to withstand another New England winter. Follow these steps before the first snow fall to give you vehicle the best chance to make it to Spring!
Inspect your tires
You wouldn’t go out in a snow storm in an old pair of tennis shoes, the same should be true for your cars shoes, their tires! Even before the first snowfall of the year roads can freeze and old tires can easily lose traction with the road if their treads are worn. Tires stopping ability begin to deteriorate when treads wear below 3mm.
Check your battery
Cold weather is hard on batteries. Old batteries can die in the cold and prevent your car from starting. Batteries generally last about 5-7 years. Everett Transmission can test your battery for you and recommend the best options for replacement.
Check the anti-freeze
Antifreeze is a liquid that stops the water in your engine’s cooling system from freezing. If the water in your cooling system freezes serious damage to your radiator and other components will follow. Make sure you check your anti-freeze well before the first snowfall of the year.
Examine your belts and hoses
This should be done bi-annually, not just during the winter. However, cold weather can do a number on your belts and hoses, and leave your car immobile if they break. Take notice of your belts and hoses, if you notice considerable wear and tear, you’ll save yourself some hassle by getting them replaced before they break on you.
At Everett Transmission, we want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter. If you need any help getting your car ready for winter, give us a call at 617-387-9558.