You probably already know that when winter arrives in Chicago your body feels different than it does in summer, and requires special needs—such as a heavy coat and snow boots. A similar transition happens to vehicles in the Chicago area, which is why it’s important to be mindful of your car’s special needs. If you want your car to be a reliable, safe, and efficient means of transportation this winter, visit a car repair shop for the following winter maintenance services.
Change the Engine Oil
Winter cold thickens engine oil, which makes it less effective at cooling and lubricating the engine. If your car has synthetic motor oil or low-viscosity motor oil, you are in good shape. But if you aren’t sure about your oil or have high viscosity oil, get an oil change to prepare for winter.
Check the Engine Coolant
Engine coolant doesn’t just keep the engine cool; it also protects against corrosion. Have a professional technician inspect and adjust the ratio of coolant to water in the radiator to protect and winterize the engine.
Inspect the Battery
Ask your mechanic to inspect the battery, terminals, cables, and fluid to make sure everything is clean and in working condition. Have the battery tested, and replace it if it cannot hold a charge to avoid being stranded in the winter cold with a dead battery.
Consider Snow Tires
Winter tires, also known as snow tires, are ideal for winter driving in the Chicago area. Compared with all-season tires, snow tires will improve your car’s safety and performance by decreasing stopping distances and enhancing handling in the snow and ice.
Replace the Wipers
Winter-grade windshield wipers are essential in Chicago because they help break up snow and ice on the windshield. While you’re at the auto repair shop, have the windshield wiper fluid filled up, too.
In the Chicago area come to B & L Automotive Repairs if you’ve been in a collision. Visit our website to learn about the collision services we offer, and call us at (773) 463-1622 for more information