It’s that time of year again. It’s getting a little chilly outside and it’s time to prepare your vehicle for the cold weather ahead. If you aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry. Your friends here at Red McCombs Superior Body Shop are here to help. You can use this checklist as a guide for preparing your vehicle for fall and winter.
The only thing more inconvenient than a dead battery is a dead battery on a cold winter morning. No one wants to hook up jumper cables while they’re shivering. Unfortunately, batteries don’t last forever, so avoiding a dead battery means being proactive. Start by testing your battery’s voltage to make sure it doesn’t need to be replaced. Next check your battery posts for corrosion. Corrosion will look like a white, blue, or green tinged substance on your battery posts. If you see any, clean it off using a wire brush and battery cleaner. Don’t forget to wear gloves.
It gets dark faster in the winter and you want to be able to see clearly when you’re driving at night. Make sure your headlights haven’t become cloudy or hazy. If they have, it’s an easy problem to rectify. Just grab a headlight restoration kit and follow the directions to make your headlights shine brightly again.
Here in San Antonio, it’s rare that we see snow, but its good to be prepared for it anyway. If you opt out of getting snow tires, make sure the tires equipped on your vehicle aren’t worn. Driving with worn tires reduces your tires’ traction on the road and increases the time it takes your vehicle to stop even on roads that are dry. On roads that are slick with rain or ice it’s even more important to have quality tires, so check the tread on your tires and replace them if needed.
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Wash and Wax
Fall is a great time to clean all of the summer gunk off of your car. Grab a sponge and soap made specifically for washing your car and scrub away the dirt, dead bugs, and road grime that has accumulated over the summer.
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