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Winter is fast approaching, and the harsh weather conditions will soon be knocking on our doors. This means car owners should start paying attention to their vehicles not to fall victim to any unforeseen mishaps. Sure, we can't stop mother nature from doing her thing; but by taking a proactive approach and getting ready for the cold, we can save ourselves a lot of trouble down the road. The following are some essential auto maintenance tips to keep in mind when temperatures start dropping:

1 Ensure Car Battery is in Good Condition

One of the most important things to check during winter is your car battery. A weak or dying battery will not only leave you stranded in the cold but can also be quite costly to replace. To test your battery, try starting your car in a cold environment. If it doesn't turn over quickly, or if there are many sparks, then the battery is likely in need of replacement.

2 Check Tire Pressure and Tread Depth

During winter, another critical factor to consider is your tire pressure and tread depth. Your tires need to have the correct air pressure and enough tread depth to get good traction on icy or snowy roads. You can check your tire pressure with a simple gauge and test your tread depth by sticking a penny into the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, then your tread depth is too low and needs to be replaced.

3 Add Winter-Grade Oil to Your Vehicle

To keep your engine running smoothly during the winter, it's essential to use winter-grade oil. This type of oil is thicker and helps to protect your engine against cold weather. You can usually find winter-grade oil at any automotive store.

4 Inspect Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid

Another vital part of your vehicle that needs to be inspected during the winter is the windshield wipers and washer fluid. To keep your windshield clear during a snowstorm, it's essential to have both the wipers functioning properly. Be sure to check the wipers for cracks or tears, and make sure the washer fluid reservoir is filled up with fresh fluid.

By following these simple auto maintenance tips, car owners can rest assured that their vehicle will be ready to handle whatever winter throws their way. Stay safe out there! If you would like more information on properly maintaining your vehicle during the winter, don't hesitate to contact our dealership. We would be happy to help!