Columbus, Ohio sees plenty of snow each winter; about 22 inches on average. What does this mean for your automobile? It often means battery trouble and hazardous driving conditions. Autumn is the perfect time to schedule a service visit with Buckeye Complete Auto Care. This gives us a chance to check the systems and parts that are most affected by winter weather to make certain they’re safe and can reliably stand up to the cold. Here are some of the services that should be done now.
Battery, Belts, and Brakes
When the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your battery is robbed of 30 percent of its power. It loses 60 percent when the mercury hits zero. Autumn is a good time to test the battery and replace it if it is old and cannot hold a solid charge. It’s also a good time to inspect the belts, as cold weather affects their pliability. You’ll also rely on your brakes in the winter to keep you safe in the rain and during snowstorms, so we’ll perform any necessary maintenance on them.
Fluids and Hoses
Antifreeze and coolant are usually combined into one solution these days, but if you need to switch from coolant to antifreeze, let’s do this now. If your antifreeze/coolant blend hasn’t been flushed and replaced in some time, let’s do this now. We’ll also check your motor oil, it’s a good idea to switch to synthetic in cold weather, and all other automotive fluids. Anything that needs to be replaced will be, and we’ll make sure that all of the hoses are in good shape and leak-free.
Interior Climate Control System
When it’s raining or snowing, you rely on your vehicle’s heater and defroster to keep the interior warm and your visibility clear. Don’t wait until winter to have the heater core, the heart of the warm part of your climate control, tested. We’ll check the heater core to ensure you can rely on it throughout the winter months to blow warm air into the cabin when you need it. We’ll also test your front and rear defrosters to make certain you can see clearly no matter how bad the weather is.
Tires and Wheels
Finally, do not head into winter with bald tires. Tires with low or no tread make hazardous driving conditions worse. Winter roads are icy and slick, and you need as much tread on your tires as possible to maintain your vehicle’s grip on the road. Buying a new set of tires if you need them, rotating the existing tires if they still have plenty of tread, balancing the wheels, and aligning them if necessary gives you better control when driving in winter conditions. Safety first.
Buckeye Complete Auto Care in Columbus, OH, is a full-service auto shop ready to get your car, truck, or C/SUV ready for winter. Call us to schedule an appointment.