When winter hits the Hagerstown, MD region, it hits hard. And we’re not just talking about the snow and ice that can make it challenging to drive. Frigid temperatures can take a toll on vehicles in the Mid-Atlantic, not to mention deter drivers from spending time outside to top off fluids and perform other winter car care needs. While getting your car ready for winter can seem like a hassle, getting the following maintenance services done now can prevent major trouble down the line:
If you’ve ever feared getting in your car on a cold winter day or night only to find it isn’t starting up, you’re far from alone. But this common scenario is actually very preventable if you make sure you have a fully charged, functioning battery. Getting your battery tested at the start of every season, especially winter, will help prevent you from getting stranded.
No matter what else you do as part of getting your car ready for winter, paying close attention to tires is crucial. A tire inspection will determine how much wear and tear they’ve gone through / withstand further. It’s also at this time of the year that switching to snow tires is a great step to winterize your car safely. Even cars with all-wheel or four-wheel drive should at least have reliable all-season tires with sufficient tread. Your brake system and brake pads should also be checked at this time.
While letting little chips and cracks in your windshield stay untouched during warmer, clearer months may seem relatively harmless, it can spell disaster in winter. The cold, ice and snow can all aggravate the damage, causing chips and cracks to grow at an accelerated rate and expand across your windshield, obstructing your view. Sometimes, all it takes is some hail or a particularly bad snowstorm to cave a partially compromised windshield in. Make an appointment now to get these trouble areas fixed while you can.
Both you and your engine need to stay unaffected by the cold to run safely. Now’s the time for a full HVAC inspection, making sure the heater and defrost are working properly (along with any seat / steering wheel warmers). Your engine’s coolant and antifreeze should also be checked and replaced if needed.
In addition to schedule specific winter car care maintenance, there are a variety of other things you can do to help make sure your vehicle is up to snuff for winter weather. Swapping out your windshield wiper blades for new ones and switching over your washer fluid to a winter blend that melts ice is always recommended. Preparing a roadside safety kit and keeping it in your car is also a good idea for any driver. Want to learn more or schedule winter car care services in the Hagerstown, MD area? Give us a call at Hagerstown Honda today!
10307 Auto Pl,
Hagerstown, MD 21740