During the cold Collinsville, IL winter months, you can expect your vehicle to deal with a lot. From snow, ice, and even freezing temperatures, it does endure a ton during this time of the year. However, once the cold weather has gone away we have some recommendations on how to make sure your vehicle is properly functioning. Scheduling an inspection is important, however, there are some things that you can do yourself to make sure your vehicle is running at its best.
Winter Battery Testing
Make sure after the cold weather goes away that you get your battery tested. This is because the cold weather can kill an old battery. Therefore, make sure that your vehicle’s battery has plenty of power. Also, during the colder months, if you have space, try keeping your vehicle in the garage. This can help your battery not get as cold, which can avoid it dying from the cold weather.
Your Vehicle’s Fluids
Top off your vehicle’s fluids after the winter season. Remind your technician when you get an inspection that you may need a fill-up on your transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, antifreeze, and you may even need your oil changed. These are vital to help your car run efficiently.
Wash the Winter Off of Your Vehicle
Washing your vehicle can get all the grime and dirt off your car. This build-up can occur especially with ice melt that has been laid down on the roads. This chemical can cause your tires and other parts of your vehicle to decay.
Check your vehicle’s tire pressure on a regular basis but expect during the winter season that it will drop. This is due to the cold weather, as it decreased your tire pressure. If the pressure does not return to normal after driving, you will want to ensure that your tires are inflated. With the icy weather and having under-inflated tires, you can run into some bad luck.
Other Winter Vehicle Issues
Check other parts of your vehicle after the colder weather. Especially the spark plugs, ignition components, and filters. This is because these small components can end up causing you bigger problems in the end when they need to become replaced.
Here at Marshall’s Transmission, we are here to help you with quality auto care and one-of-a-kind service. If you have any questions about winter problems on your vehicle or want to schedule an appointment, make sure to give our team a call today!