When it comes to owning a vehicle, practically all drivers know that maintenance is key. A poorly-maintained car, no matter how reliable it may be otherwise, will not perform well if it isn't serviced regularly. However, maintenance may be more complicated during the winter months.
Here at John Roberts Toyota, we want you to be informed about practical ways to keep your car running smoothly when the temperature outside starts dropping. Keep reading to find out what you can do.
Make sure that your battery is in decent shape for the winter months, as a bad battery will leave you stranded in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on it will either give you peace of mind or let you know that you need a new one.
Keeping your fuel tank mostly full helps you in the winter for two reasons. First, a full tank will keep water from freezing in your fuel pump. Second, it could aid you in staying warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.
The coolant in your vehicle is important because it keeps the engine from freezing in cold temperatures. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.
Winter tires are typically more flexible during lower temperatures, which give your vehicle better traction when you need to stop on cold pavement, even in the absence of snow. Additionally, your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your car is less predictable when your tires aren't inflated sufficiently, so keeping up with your tire pressure is also important.
Tired of scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.
We highly recommend every driver keep a survival kit in their vehicle in case of an emergency. While this is more of a preparation tip than a car care one, it will make all the difference if you end up stranded. Every driver should consider a survival kit, especially if they do a lot of traveling through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.
If you have any questions about taking care of your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by John Roberts Toyota at 2610 Hillsboro Blvd Manchester, TN 37355. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Manchester, TN, and throughout Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Middle Tennessee.