This week our Modesto community has been hit with freezing temperatures, which are expected to continue through Sunday morning. You probably wasted no time breaking out your Michelin Man winter coat, but have you taken any measures to protect your car?
In freezing temperatures, your car’s fluid levels are especially important. Make sure they are all topped off and you have an extra supply in the trunk for emergencies. The antifreeze solution should be approximately 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. We also suggest using a windshield washer solvent designed to keep from freezing.
Winter is a great time to make sure your vehicle’s vital, but often overlooked, parts are both working properly and not overly worn. Your tires should have a tread depth of 1/16th of an inch at the very least. Cold air causes tire pressure to decrease, so you will want to make sure your tires (including the spare) are at the pressure defined for your vehicle throughout the season.
Don’t forget to check your wiper blades for damages. They should be replaced once a year, so now might be the best time to make sure they are in good condition to sweep the heavier precipitation that comes with winter.
Everyone hates turning the key in the ignition only to find the battery is dead. Stop by Valley BMW today, and we can test your battery to make sure this isn’t your story this winter.
Stay warm this weekend as you follow our winter maintenance tips. Don’t leave your car to fend for itself in the cold weather.