It's the winter season in Northern Delaware and that means you need to be extra careful when out on the road. Traction can be compromised by ice, rain and snow. Visibility may be limited by shorter days and more difficult driving conditions.
One way you can be safer while driving in winter weather is to take care of your vehicle's maintenance needs. If you haven't had your car, truck or SUV serviced yet this winter, it may be time to bring it into Fox Run Auto in Bear for a tune-up or specific automotive maintenance services. Here are a few items to consider:
Brakes, Wheels and Tires
Where the rubber meets the road is very important to your safety as a driver, as well as for the overall health and performance of your vehicle. Your tires should be in good shape with ample tread. Some drivers may even opt to switch over to winter or all-weather tires this time of year. Make sure your wheels are in proper alignment and your brakes are healthy. Get a brake inspection and replace any worn or damaged parts. It's probably a good idea to have your suspension components checked out, too, just for added peace of mind.
Engine & Transmission Care
Your engine and transmission are the heart and the brain of your vehicle, respectively. Don't put off oil changes or transmission services. Winter is a good time to take care of these necessary maintenance services if you are overdue. The cold weather puts additional strain on these systems and al their sensitive mechanical components, so take care of them for better vehicular performance throughout the winter.
Make sure you have the right ratio of radiator coolant to water in your radiator. This will help keep the fluids and hoses from freezing up and causing problems. Get your water pump and other cooling system components inspected and adjusted as needed.
Battery and Electrical
The freezing weather can also wreak havoc on your car's battery, ignition system and electrical wiring/connections. If your vehicle is having trouble starting up or staying running when stopped, you may have a battery or electrical issue worth getting checked out by an automotive expert.
Visibility and Safety
There are so many different things that can improve your visibility and safety during the winter months. Change out your windshield wipers and replace any weak or dead bulbs in headlights and tail lights. Beware of damaged sensors and loose fan/timing belts. Keep yourself and your family safer when out on the wet and icy roads.
Fox Run Auto can perform a full bumper-to-bumper inspection of your vehicle if you want to be extra cautious, or we can perform specific services as requested. Just let our team know how we can help you keep your vehicle running great this winter season. Call us today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.