5 Things to Remember for Winter Vehicle Maintenance
Fall is quickly approaching and freezing temperatures, snow and ice will be arriving soon. Is your car prepared to handle the tough weather that’s headed our way? Matteson GMC service providers have seen it all and we’re here today to give you a few quick and easy tips to help you make sure your vehicle is in good shape for the winter months. Let’s get started!
- Check your tires.
Many of the most common issues Matteson Buick dealers see when winter rolls around concern tires. Dropping temperatures can cause your tire pressure to fluctuate. If your tires aren’t properly inflated, you risk losing fuel efficiency and, most importantly, vehicle handling dramatically decreases. Also be sure to check your tire tread–you don’t want to be stuck out on a slippery road with tires that won’t grip.
- Give your heaters some love.
GMC dealers in Matteson constantly see vehicles in the winter which haven’t had their heaters and defrosters serviced in years. Remember to check all of your vehicle’s heating elements before you need them. There’s nothing more frustrating than having no way to defrost a completely iced over windshield in the morning.
- Have your brakes inspected.
You should be checking your vehicle’s brakes routinely but if that kind of maintenance has slipped under your radar, now is the time to give those brakes a check-up. You want your brakes to be in peak performance shape at all times, but especially when the roads get icy.
- Don’t forget to stay cool.
We know it sounds weird, but ensuring that your car’s cooling system and radiator are in good shape is just as important during the winter months as it is during the summer. Ask a Buick service center near you to check for radiator or coolant leaks and cracked belts or hoses. Don’t forget to have your car’s fluids replaced for optimal heat recovery.
- Double check your steering and suspension.
Any GMC service center near you will be happy to give your steering system, suspension and alignment a good once-over. You should get all of these components checked at least once a year anyway so now is the perfect time to get it out of the way. Don’t forget–proper alignment, steering and suspension are key for vehicle safety during the snowy season.
Have questions about winter-proofing your vehicle? Want to get that pesky “check engine” light checked out before the first snowflake hits the ground? Visit Arnie Bauer today. We’ve got the best Matteson Buick service department around and our knowledgeable, friendly staff is here to quickly and efficiently prep and repair your vehicle. You can rest easy when your vehicle is in our hands.