Prepare Your Car For Winter With A Maintenance Checklist

October 11th, 2021 by

Fall has arrived and the cooler temperatures are a hint at the winter weather to come. The forecast will turn frigid before we know it, making now the best time to prepare your vehicle for the season ahead!

Our service team at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is here to ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter months. We recommend marking these items off your maintenance checklist now – and we can help!

Check Your Battery

Because it is more difficult for batteries to operate in low temperatures, an already weak battery could call it quits during the winter. We advise having your car battery checked to make sure it is in good working order – before the winter months arrive in full force!

Most service stations and auto parts stores offer battery testing, but locals know where to go: Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM’s Service Department in Elverson! Our service professionals can determine if your car battery needs to be recharged or replaced, and we’ll get you back on the road fast!

Get a Coolant Flush

Your vehicle’s coolant, also known as antifreeze, is incredibly important to your car’s function – especially in cold weather. It keeps your engine from freezing in cold temperatures and overheating in warm ones. In addition to performing a coolant flush, our experienced service tech will check that there aren’t any leaks in your engine that could cause coolant to drain out.

Consider Winter Tires

Tires specifically designed for snowy and icy terrain are a wise choice for drivers in cold climates. Snow tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds that maximize traction, even on the slickest roads. They also remain flexible at low temperatures, helping to improve traction when braking or turning.

Tire Pressure

Be sure to monitor your tire pressure as temperatures drop. Tire pressure often correlates to air temperature, losing up to one pound per square inch with every 10 degree drop in air temperature. Driving on underinflated tires causes premature wear and could potentially lead to tread separation – and a dangerous accident! Your car’s handling capabilities are also decreased when driving on underinflated tires. Avoid this by keeping a close eye on your tire pressure and adding air when necessary.

Windshield Wipers

Even top-quality windshield wiper blades lose effectiveness over time, typically within about six months. Harsh elements may even shorten this span. If you notice streaks, uncleared portions of glass or a squeaking noise, it’s time to replace your wiper blades. Make sure to check windshield washer fluid levels, too!

Emergency Kit Packed

If you find yourself stranded, it’s important to have the essentials close at hand to keep you warm, hydrated and safe. This emergency kit will come in handy if your battery dies or you get stuck on the road due to inclement weather.

Pack your emergency kit with the following:

  • Ice scraper
  • Flashlight
  • Blankets, coat, hat, gloves, etc.
  • Jumper cables
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Hand-cranked or battery-powered radio

Stop By Our Service Department at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM!

Our team is here to help you prepare for the winter months ahead! Whether you need a battery check, oil change or new tires, we’ve got you covered! Schedule winter car maintenance with our Parts and Service Department in Elverson, PA today!

Looking to trade in and trade up? We’ll offer top dollar for your current vehicle, then help you find a great new car, truck or SUV – like a RAM 1500. As locals’ trusted auto dealer, we are committed to providing a fast, friendly car-buying experience to drivers in the cities of Lancaster, Reading, Pottstown and Allentown – and throughout Montgomery County!

And remember, your purchase is just the beginning. Our Service Department will keep your vehicle running like new as the miles add up. Come see us today!

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