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Get Ready for Winter

Chilly mornings, sweaters, pumpkin lattes, and flu shots – these are all signs that winter is on it's way! You may be preoccupied with preparing yourself and your family, but don’t forget to prepare your car, too! Your vehicle should be in top driving condition for winter. This means performing routine maintenance and inspections every year before the first frost. Being proactive can extend the life of your car and provide you with a measure of safety as well.

November is the perfect month to winterize your vehicle. The weather is mild, and there is plenty of time to deal with the potentially costly repairs before the busy holiday season.

Here are eight tips to help you get your wheels winter ready!

  • Get an oil change - Regular oil changes are vital to the proper functioning of your car, your car will thank you for being proactive.
  • Test the battery- Extreme cold weather can drain your car battery. Avoid being stranded by making sure that your battery is in good working order.
  • Check tire pressure and tread - Tires that are worn or have incorrect pressure are a safety problem, and can also decrease your car’s fuel efficiency. If you have sport tires, you may want to consider using snow tires we can help you chose them.
  • Change the windshield wipers - When is the last time you changed your wiper blades? Within the last 12 months, I hope. Replace them before the wet weather starts so that you can ensure 20/20 vision on the road.
  • Check defrosting and heating units - These can lead to huge annoyances and safety hazards. Ensure that both your defroster and heat are fully functional before you need them.
  • Check the condition of all fluids - Fluids can evaporate, deteriorate or become dirty. Check all fluid levels and their conditions in order to prevent serious problems.
  • Top off antifreeze - Your coolant prevents your engine from overheating in the summer and freezing in the winter. Make sure that your antifreeze is at the appropriate running levels.
  • Inspect belts, hoses and lights - Minor repairs can cause unnecessary hiccups on the road. A check-up will provide automotive peace of mind and may spare you a costly bill later.

Want your vehicle inspected by someone you can trust? Visit your team at Fairfax Auto Repair today.