Pennsylvania winters can be unpredictable and harsh. There are obvious safety concerns caused by winter weather, like icy roads and tough visibility in snowstorms. In addition to this, the fluctuating weather patterns can do a number on your car if you’re not careful. Here are 5 areas worth checking to keep you safe and extend the life of your car:
1. The Wiper Blades
Wiper blades are essential for maintaining visibility during sleet, snow, and other winter weather. Cold temperatures can cause the rubber on the wiper blades to become brittle and reduce their effectiveness. Take time to check your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear before driving through a winter storm.
2. The Brakes
We’ve talked about brakes before—they’re an important part of your car for both your safety and the safety of other drivers. There are several different components that make up your car’s brakes, and they can be directly and indirectly impacted by cold weather. Your brake pads can rust from melted snow and road salt. When this happens, you may hear squealing or squeaking. Your brake fluid can become contaminated or absorb water. The water in the fluid may freeze in cold temperatures and cause brake caliper, brake hose, and master cylinder issues. Keeping your brakes well-maintained will have a huge impact on making your car safer to drive.
3. The Tires
Tires are the only contact point between a car and the road, and they are essential for safety and performance. If your tire tread has worn below a safe level, this can lead to slipping and sliding through winter weather. It can also be the difference between digging your car out of snow and having to push it out. Replacing tires, or utilizing winter tires, is a good way to have better traction on snow and ice.
4. The Battery
We’ve all been there: We put the key in the ignition, we turn it, we hear the engine start to rev and then…nothing. Cold temperatures can drain a car battery, making it harder to start the car. Sometimes a jumpstart is all you need, but other times, your battery has reached its end and must be replaced. An experienced mechanic, like the ones at Restored Auto, LLC, can check your car’s battery and see if it’s time to replace it.
5. The Fluids
There are a number of important fluids in your car’s engine, and they each serve a different purpose. Whether it’s motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, or even wiper fluid, each one is important for the safe operation of your vehicle. Having your fluids checked, topped off, or replaced when needed will ensure your car runs at the optimal temperature and that everything is properly lubricated.
Call Restored Auto, LLC for help!
Maintaining these 5 things will help keep your car in good shape for winter driving. Call Restored Auto, LLC to set up maintenance for your car. We can give you new wiper blades, new brake pads, new tires, and even a new battery. We can also identify any fluid leaks that may be causing problems, repair them, and set you up with new fluids. Stay safe this winter by taking care of your car. Call Restored Auto, LLC today!