With winter coming, it’s always wise to have your car prepared for the colder weather. Even though we’re in Tempe, many of our clients at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission take road trips to colder areas and need to be prepared with a car that can handle the harsher conditions of the winter season.
Below are five ways that the at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission suggest getting your prepared for the colder season:
Check tire pressure
As the temperatures become more frigid, tire pressure will decrease. A tire that is underinflated can lead to dangerous scenarios on roads covered in wintry precipitation. Consider getting winter tires which are made to withstand snow and ice.
Have your battery tested
In colder temperatures, the capacity of a battery greatly decreases. To ensure that it’s functioning optimally, it’s a good idea to have it inspected in advance. The battery will handle the weather better if it’s parked in a garage. It’s also to your advantage to have jumper cables available for a jumpstart. Plus, it allows you to help other motorists on the road who need some help getting their battery working.
Check windshield wipers
Making sure that your vehicle’s windshield wipers are in working order is important before your car is in winter conditions. They might need to be replaced in order for them to be able to handle the array of cold weather elements. Using a washer fluid that is specifically for colder temperatures is also recommended. Making sure the defrosters are working optimally is also suggested.
Put a coat of wax on your vehicle
Wax is particularly helpful in protecting your car from salt and dirt. Because of corrosion, road salt can cause major damage on your car. Road salt It’s recommended to put wax on the front grill, the wheels, and quarter panels because these lower parts of the vehicle are where ice builds up.
Inspect headlights and brake lights
When dealing with fog and snow, it's crucial to be certain that your headlights and brake lights are in working condition. Not only does it give you good visibility on the road, it also allows you to see other drivers.
If you want an inspection before you’re off to colder parts of the country, visit American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering the most quality auto repair for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. Call us or schedule an appointment so we can assist you. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!