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Three Important Steps to Prep Your Car for Winter

Traffic Auto Highway by Gellinger via Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons)

Traffic Auto Highway” by Gellinger via Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons)

The change in seasons means changes in the way your car will be running, and an improperly maintained engine will shows obvious signs of struggle. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take now to prevent any serious issues. Understand that both coolant and oil play a large role in regulating engine temperature, and that this is very important for winter time driving. The second thought you should have, is to double check your equipment to make sure you are not left wanting when winter conditions are worst. We here at Irvine Auto Center care about your vehicle, and have great service departments to assist in these steps.

Step 1: Check Fluids

Check the condition of your coolant to assure it is not dirty, and that it is full. Make sure to resolve any leaks before the weather takes a turn for the worst. Change the oil, and make sure you are staying up to date with your normal oil changes. Dirty oil will be less viscous, and cause engine wear from bad lubrication. You may also want to take this opportunity to check the other fluids as well.

Step 2: Check Odds and Ends

Check your tires and windshield wipers. Your tires need to be in good condition, with tread that is deep enough to handle snow and rain. Your windshield wiper must also be working well. If they are not working at proper speeds, or are leaving excess streaks across your line of vision, have the issue corrected. New wipers can make a world of difference when you need it most.

Step 3: Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Pack an emergency roadside kit. Although you may already have one in the car, make sure it is updated for winter conditions. Additional clothing or blankets may need to be added, as well as extra socks, gloves, hand warmers, water, a way to start a fire, an ice scraper, and some high-energy snacks. While you hope to never have to use these, they can save your life in winter conditions.

Test Drive New Vehicles in Irvine, CA

Irvine Auto Center near Tustin, CA is ready to help with your winter car preparations. If your current ride is beyond saving, trade up for a new or used model of your choosing from our vast inventory. While we don’t get snow typically in beautiful Southern California, you still don’t want to get stuck this winter due to poor planning. Have the experts check out and prep your current car for winter, or get you behind the wheel of an already winter-ready vehicle. Contact us today to learn more!

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