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Winter is still a force to be reckoned with for a few more months. Because hazardous driving conditions and freezing temperatures can make it harder to keep your car running smoothly, it can be a challenging time for drivers. Your vehicle needs a little more special car service and attention to last through the cold months of winter.

Double-Check Your Winter Car Maintenance Checklist. Make sure it includes the following :

  1. Change oil and filter regularly. As with any time of the year, make sure you follow the oil change recommendation as stated in your owner’s manual. Ask your mechanic if you should use a different blend of oil for cold temperatures. 
  2. Inspect the cooling system, heater, and defroster. The passenger cabin should be free from fog and condensation. Good visibility for the driver and passenger comfort is very important. It may be time for a system flush.  
  3. Replace old wiper blades. Replace old blades to maintain a safe field of vision. Stock up on windshield washer fluid that won’t freeze in cold temperatures and make sure an ice scraper is in the glove box. 
  4. Check your car battery. Cold temperatures can cause an already weak battery to lose its reserve power for starting a car. It may be time to replace your old battery. 
  5. Inspect all bulbs and lenses. Replace burned out bulbs and keep the lenses free of road grime. 
  6. Examine tires. Check for uneven tread wear and the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure (when your tires are cooled down) at least once a week. Rotate your tires as recommended and make sure the wheels are in alignment. 
  7. Carry an emergency kit. It is true that there may be times when an emergency cannot be prevented. Make sure you carry extra gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a flashlight, cell phone and charger, sand or kitty litter, and tire chains. Don’t forget protein snacks and drinking water too!

A hazardous situation can be just a minor inconvenience if needed car repair is taken seriously. Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about the winter car maintenance checklist and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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Be prepared for winter driving by considering the importance of car repair. Ask your auto technician for more tips on the winter car maintenance checklist
22
Jan
2018

Winter is still a force to be reckoned with for a few more months. Because hazardous driving conditions and freezing temperatures can make it harder to keep your car running smoothly, it can be a challenging time for drivers. Your vehicle needs a little more special car service and attention to last through the cold months of winter.

Double-Check Your Winter Car Maintenance Checklist. Make sure it includes the following :

  1. Change oil and filter regularly. As with any time of the year, make sure you follow the oil change recommendation as stated in your owner’s manual. Ask your mechanic if you should use a different blend of oil for cold temperatures. 
  2. Inspect the cooling system, heater, and defroster. The passenger cabin should be free from fog and condensation. Good visibility for the driver and passenger comfort is very important. It may be time for a system flush.  
  3. Replace old wiper blades. Replace old blades to maintain a safe field of vision. Stock up on windshield washer fluid that won’t freeze in cold temperatures and make sure an ice scraper is in the glove box. 
  4. Check your car battery. Cold temperatures can cause an already weak battery to lose its reserve power for starting a car. It may be time to replace your old battery. 
  5. Inspect all bulbs and lenses. Replace burned out bulbs and keep the lenses free of road grime. 
  6. Examine tires. Check for uneven tread wear and the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure (when your tires are cooled down) at least once a week. Rotate your tires as recommended and make sure the wheels are in alignment. 
  7. Carry an emergency kit. It is true that there may be times when an emergency cannot be prevented. Make sure you carry extra gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a flashlight, cell phone and charger, sand or kitty litter, and tire chains. Don’t forget protein snacks and drinking water too!

A hazardous situation can be just a minor inconvenience if needed car repair is taken seriously. Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about the winter car maintenance checklist and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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