Winter's Coming -- Is Your Car Ready?

October 21st, 2016

You know it’s gonna be cold soon…and you know that winters in Pennsylvania can be tough. Is your car up to it? Here’s a quick list of things to check before the Auto Repair in Downington PA snow flies.

Tires: All-season tires are a jack of all trades, master of none. If you expect more than an inch or two of snow, it can be a good idea to invest in winter tires. Winter tires feature a more aggressive tread pattern to dig into snow and slush (some are even pre-drilled to make it easy to install metal studs). They also use a softer tread formulation that stays flexible in extreme cold for traction.

Wipers: Even good windshield wipers only last about a year before the sun’s UV rays and wear take their toll on them. If your wipers are dried-out, cracked, chipped or are losing strips of rubber, replace them soon.

Battery: Cold weather really stresses a battery…when it’s 20 degrees outside, your battery has only about 50 percent of its normal cranking power. Cold weather also causes motor oil to thicken, making it harder to crank the engine. Even if your battery is fairly new, have it tested and maintained before bad weather comes.

Oil change: It’s always a good idea to go into winter with fresh motor oil. If you have considered a switch to synthetic oil, now might be a good time. Synthetic oil doesn’t thin out in hot weather or thicken at low temperatures; its improved pour properties mean better engine protection at startup.

Finish: A good coat of wax does more than make your car shine. It also makes it easier for the finish to repel water, snow, slush and road chemicals…and makes it harder for rust to get a start on your body and frame.

Why wait until the snow is falling before taking care of some of these items? At United Tire & Service, we can help you make sure your vehicle’s in great shape for the coming winter months. Make an appointment with us and let us get some of these preventive maintenance items taken care of!  

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