3 Ways to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

You don’t have to be a mechanic to perform some simple winter prep for your vehicle. Visit your local auto parts store to ask about what your car might need. The auto parts store’s employees can help you find the right motor oil, battery, and windshield wiper blades to get you through the season.

Use the right oil for cold weather.

Changing the oil at regular intervals is a simple way to keep your vehicle running well. During the winter, you may need a different type of motor oil. When selecting a product, first look for the seal of the American Petroleum Institute (API). This tells you that the oil has met industry standards.

Next, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find the recommended type of motor oil, based on the weather conditions. If the viscosity is too high, you may start to notice increased drag. If the viscosity is too low, there will be excessive friction between the moving parts. The right viscosity of oil will reduce friction and wear.

Check your battery.

Wintry weather can be tough on batteries. Although the summer heat actually does more damage to a battery, the winter weather is usually what finally “kills” it. Get yours checked before the temperatures plummet. If you need to replace it, ask an auto parts salesperson to point you in the direction of a battery that performs well in cold climates. It’s also a good idea to purchase jumper cables if you don’t already have them.

Change your windshield wiper blades.

Windshield wiper blades are often overlooked when people are getting their vehicles ready for snow and ice, but visibility is essential for avoiding accidents. Invest in a sturdy set of rubber-clad winter blades, and top off your windshield washer fluid.

From windshield wipers to batteries and more, you’ll find what your car needs at Napa Auto Parts-Steamboat. Residents of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, put their trust in this store because of their reputation for honest customer service and great value. Call (970) 879-0909 to find out more.