Winter is well underway, but there are still some things you can do to properly care for your car as the cold sets in. Check out these tips for taking care of your car in winter, then stop in at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi to see what our technicians can do to help!
Change the Oil
Your car’s oil is responsible for keeping the engine functioning at peak performance. If you haven’t had an oil change since the warmer months of the year, you’re more than due for an oil change. Fresh oil will perform its roles much better than old oil, making it a great investment for taking care of your car in winter.
Get a Car Wash
Dirt, grime, and salt tend to build up on your car as the winter months continue to pass. Even if you park in a garage, your car could still use a wash. Warmer weather visits Maryland every now and then, and that’s the perfect time to get a car wash. Washing away the salt is essential for protecting your cars paint in the long term.
Clean the Interior
Most drivers move at lightning speeds when it comes to getting out of the car into the house during winter. As a result, trash tends to get left behind to clutter up the interior. Cleaning all the trash and debris from your car is a great way to take care of it all winter long. After all, a clean car is a happy car!
Pack Emergency Supplies
Packing emergency supplies is a great way to take care of your car during winter. In addition to warm clothes, nonperishable food, and medicals supplies for yourself, make sure to include items for your car as well. Simple things, like a portable snow shovel and a bag of cat litter or sad, can go a long way in getting your car unstuck from a mound of snow!
Check the Antifreeze
Did you know that if the temperature drops to single-digit temperatures, it’s possible for your engine to freeze? That’s something no driver wants, especially when you’re in a grocery store parking lot. Your vehicle’s antifreeze is responsible for preventing the engine from freezing. While winter is already underway, it’s worth checking the antifreeze and adding more if necessary.