Winter Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Scraping ice from car windows

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, it will last longer and perform at its best if you practice regular maintenance. Use this winter vehicle maintenance checklist to stay on top of your vehicle services this season.

Coolant

Check your coolant levels to ensure that your engine will cool properly while you’re on the road this winter. If needed, top of your coolant levels with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water, or a pre-mixed, store bought mixture.

Battery

Car batteries are sensitive to low temperatures, so an older battery might not do well in the winter season. Have your vehicle’s battery checked and replaced if needed.

Wiper Blades

With rain, snow, ice, and the grime that builds up from road salts, it’s important to have functioning wiper blades on your car during the winter. Replace your car’s wiper blades every six months, or whenever they begin to leave streaks or residue when used.

Tires

Like the car battery, tires are sensitive to the cold, which can cause air pressure to fluctuate. Check the air pressure on your car’s tires regularly, and get in the habit of inspecting them for damages like cracks and bulges.

Oil Change

It’s important to get regular oil changes for your vehicle. Bring your car to Mike Raisor Auto Group to have the oil changed this winter, and trust our professional, expert team to get your car in winter-ready condition.

For any maintenance needs this winter, visit Mike Raisor Auto Group.

What’s So Special About Winter Tires and When Should You Make the Switch?

Why Buy Winter Tires?

Despite what the name seems to imply, all-season tires aren’t always the best choice for year-round driving. Especially if you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing during the winter, installing a special set of winter tires can make a huge difference when it comes to safety and performance. But what’s the difference between regular tires and winter tires, and when should you install your winter tires?

Why use winter tires

Winter tires are made of a special rubber that allows them to remain durable and flexible even when the temperature drops below freezing. All-season tires, on the other hand, lose flexibility and grip when they become too cold. Winter tires also have tread that performs especially well in snow and ice, giving you a huge advantage on the road when encountering winter weather.

When to switch over

So when should you switch over to winter tires? One good way to remember when to make the switch is to do so the first day of the year you can see your breath in the air. When it’s cold enough to see your breath, it’s cold enough for your all-season tires to start performing worse. While this might seem early in the season, switching to winter tires before it’s too late can help prevent cold-weather accidents.

If you need to switch your set of summer tires out for a winter set, stop by Mike Raisor Auto Group, where we will be more than happy to help.