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5 Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Whether you’re a newcomer or an old-timer in the DMV area, you know that our winters can be quite unpredictable. The weather can be harsh with lower temperatures, freezing rains, and the occasional snow. To keep your car, SUV, or truck in tip-top shape wherever you go this winter, make sure to read on to learn these fantastic maintenance tips.

Newer problems tend to arise as the seasons change here in Alexandria. Some common problems drivers face in the winter include tough starts and heater problems. Below are some of our top tips to combat winter driving:

Tip #1: Test Car Battery

If your battery is several years old, now would be the perfect time to check it out. The freezing temperatures can get your battery and leave it drained completely. Inspect it for signs of corrosion and damage. If it can no longer hold a proper charge, it is best to replace it altogether.

Tip #2: Keep Your Windshield Clean

Visibility becomes even more important this time of year. With less daylight and a higher likelihood of bad weather, consider topping off your windshield washer fluid and swapping out the wiper blades for new ones. There are winter-specific wiper blades and fluids you can get for optimal performance.

Tip #3: Protect Your Vehicle From Salt Damage

Don’t skip out on car washes this winter as excess moisture and road salt can cause external damage to your vehicle. A thorough wash or detailing service can eliminate the linger gunk from those hard-to-reach spots and leave your car protected.

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Tires Grip the Road Properly

Winter tires aren’t always necessary for those living in our area, but they are a fine investment if they meet your needs. To ensure your wheels can run on both wet and dry surfaces this winter, please check your tire pressure and tread depth. When these are at safe levels, it prevents your vehicle from slipping and sliding.

Tip #5: Top Off on Car Fluids

To keep nearly all aspects of your vehicle running, make sure to keep your fluids cleaned and topped off. These include motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and more. If they are dirty or contaminated, consider having the system flushed completely.

When you prep your vehicle for winter conditions early on, you can drive around Alexandria with confidence. The team at Yates Automotive is always delighted to assist you with all your automotive needs. Please stop by, give us a call, or make an online appointment!

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