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Woody’s Winter Car Care Tips

Woody's Winter Car Care Tips

As temperatures drop, your vehicle faces unique challenges that can lead to frustrating issues if not addressed promptly. This week, Woody’s Auto Center in Columbia, Missouri, provides a comprehensive guide to winter car care. Check out these essential tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly in winter conditions!

Protect Your Wipers:

Your windshield wipers are crucial for maintaining visibility in winter weather. However, freezing temperatures can make them vulnerable. To prevent wipers from freezing to your windshield, consider raising them away from the glass if you can’t park your car under cover. Alternatively, regularly check and test your wipers, clearing away ice and snow before starting your drive. For a more straightforward solution, invest in winter wiper blades specifically designed for colder conditions.

Monitor Tire Pressure:

Fluctuating temperatures can cause tire pressure changes. For every 10-degree drop, tires may lose about 1 PSI. Significant temperature shifts, common in unpredictable weather, can impact traction, handling, and tire life. Keep a close eye on your tire pressure, especially during rapid temperature changes. Maintaining proper tire pressure is crucial for optimal vehicle performance.

Check Fluids:

Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. From engine oil to transmission fluid, brake fluid, and more, ensure all fluids are in excellent condition and at proper levels. Fluids play a vital role in cleaning, cooling, conditioning, and lubricating various components, especially during winter road trips.

Inspect Belts & Hoses:

Belts and hoses are critical components of your vehicle’s operation. Inspect them for weakness, cracks, fraying, and overall condition. Belts kick-start the alternator and aid the water pump, while hoses carry fluids and gases crucial for your car’s performance. Consider replacing these components every 100,000 miles or every 10 years.

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