5 Ways to Winterize Your Car

Routine maintenance and winterization are easy ways to prevent inconvenient breakdowns. Take your car to a local mechanic before the winter weather strikes and ask for a tune-up. Consider getting the following services done to keep your car running safely and extend its longevity.

Invest in good snow tires.

Snow tires are a must for drivers in cold climates. Although all-season tires do a good job in summer and winter, nothing beats snow tires for keeping a firm grip on the road. Studded snow tires are best, especially in severe weather like ice storms. Most snow tires will last about three winters, assuming you don’t continue to drive with them well into spring. Remember to replace all four tires at the same time for superior control.

Get the belts and hoses checked.

Failed belts and hoses can do a number on your engine. Avoid major repair bills by getting them replaced at regular intervals. Most drivers need to replace hoses and V-belts every four years. Serpentine belts require replacement every five years, or every 50,000 miles.

Have the heating system serviced.

Colorado residents are accustomed to freezing temperatures, but that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a warm car. Get your heating system serviced before the temperatures drop, and enjoy comfortable driving all season long.

Get new plugs and wires.

Spark plugs are responsible for enabling combustion. If your spark plugs are failing, you’ll notice problems with the ignition. In other words, failed spark plugs can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out how often you should get your plugs and wires changed . Usually, it’s every 30,000 miles.

Have your battery tested.

Ask your mechanic to check your battery’s charge. He or she can also check the posts and connections for signs of corrosion. Getting your battery replaced before it fails entirely is a smart way to avoid winter-related breakdowns.

Does your car need routine servicing or major repairs? You can take it to Doc’s Auto Clinic —a family-owned auto repair shop serving Steamboat Springs, Colorado. You can call the shop at (970) 871-1346 to request an appointment for a foreign or domestic vehicle.