Winter is almost here. Throughout Buffalo and Upstate New York, the weather will just continue to get colder, bringing rain, snow, sleet and ice with it. As a driver, you need to be extra careful while out on the roads over the next several months. You should also be mindful of your car or truck’s maintenance.
Here are some maintenance tips that will help you contend with the cold winter weather and challenging driving conditions:
Check/Change Your Windshield Wipers
Having effective windshield wipers will be helpful for visibility when there’s rain, snow, sleet or fog. Get your wiper blades checked out and replaced as needed.
Test Your Battery
If your vehicle is struggling to start on cold mornings, your battery may be drained. Visit Schultz Auto and Truck Repair for a battery test, recharge or replacement.
Check Your Wheel Alignment
Handling is important when the roads are slick, and your wheel alignment can make a big difference. Get your wheel alignment tested and adjusted if your caster, camber and/or toe are way off.
Make Sure Your Headlights Are Strong
Headlights will also play a major role in visibility—what you can see in the dark and letting other drivers see your vehicle. The housings can be cleaned and bulbs should be replaced if getting too dim.
Care for Your Tires
Measure the tread depth on each tire for optimal traction. Remember to get your tires rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles for even tread wear.
Get an Oil Change
Always get your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 to keep your vehicle running well.
Have Your Brakes Inspected
When road conditions get more challenging, your brakes will be more vital than ever. Get the pads and rotors inspected and replaced/repaired if recommended.
Check Your Fluid Levels
Your vehicle has several different fluids and you can check the levels and fluid quality of each of them yourself. Oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant/antifreeze and brake fluid are the most important. This should be done regularly. Let a professional check fluids for you if you don’t know what you are looking for.
Look Out for Worn Seals, Belts or Hoses
Beyond your tires, your vehicle will have other rubber components that can get worn out, especially when it’s cold or wet outside. We’re talking about door/trunk/hood seals, timing belts, air hoses, etc.
Call Schultz Auto and Truck Repair in Hamburg for all your winter vehicle maintenance and auto repair needs. Our number is (716) 422-4008, or you can schedule your service appointment easily online.