Winters can be brutally cold in Davenport and other areas of Iowa. In order for your vehicle to function its best and keep you safe on the roads, winter maintenance is essential. No one wants to break down on the side of the road at any time, especially during winter when temperatures plummet and snow or sleet is coming down. How can you make sure your car, truck, or SUV is in top notch condition and ensure your family's safety as you travel? We have you covered with these winter maintenance tips!
First, your battery must be in good condition and fully charged in order to start the engine of your car - especially in cold weather. Consider having a trained technician test your battery and charging system as well as cable ends and terminals to make sure connections are secure and there are is no corrosion present.
Tires are critically important during the winter season. Tread depth is critical when navigating snow covered roadways, so if the treads have worn down substantially, you won't have good traction. Consider replacement if your tires aren't in good shape or are slick. Tire pressure is important as well; you may not know that tire pressure drops as the temperatures do. We can check the condition of your tires and pressure, however this should be done frequently during the winter months.
Coolant is something many motorists don't give a thought to during winter, but you should. During cold weather, the proper mix of coolant and water is essential to provide antifreeze properties. If the coolant level drops too low, it may freeze which can result in an engine that won't start. Coolant services are provided by our knowledgeable staff.
Properly functioning brakes are critical when navigating icy or snow covered roads. If you notice anything at all that doesn't seem normal, have a technician check all of the components of your braking system.
Other things to check for winter driving include engine hoses, windshield wiper blades, washer fluid levels, drive belts, and the operation of all lights (head- and taillights, turn signals, brake lights, emergency flashers). You don't want to face a roadside breakdown due to cracked or leaking hoses.
Is it time for winter maintenance to make sure your vehicle is in top notch condition? We invite those in Davenport and surrounding areas to give Dales Service Center a call today!