Winter Automotive Maintenance Tips from Fox Run Auto

Winter is here and it's already been a really cold season in Northern Delaware. During this time of year, it's more important than ever to be diligent as a driver, so that you can be as safe as possible while out on the road. There are also some simple automotive maintenance steps you can take to help with your vehicle's safety and performance during the cold and wet winter months.

Here are some of the things you can focus on:

1. Headlights

The days are shorter during the winter and you also have more inclement weather. Therefore your headlights are essential for not only your own visibility as a driver, but for other drivers to see you on the road. Make sure your headlights, tail lights and fog lights are all working and as bright as they are supposed to be. If not, replace them or have your vehicle's electrical system inspected for performance.

2. Windshield Wipers

This is the simplest maintenance step you can take for winter safety. Replace your windshield wipers if they are not working as well as they should. You'll be amazed at the difference new wipers can make.

3. Tires

You want your tires to be healthy in order to grip the road. Check your tread depths and consider getting new tires before they go completely bald. Also, make sure to get them rotated regularly for even tread wear.

4. Wheel Alignment

Uneven tire tread wear and poor handling are two common symptoms of wheel misalignment, which can be especially dangerous this time of year. Get your wheel alignment checked and corrected if necessary.

5. Brakes

Brakes are vital for your safety and a cold, wet winter will put extra strain on them. Make sure they are clean and that the rotors and pads are in good shape. Bring your vehicle into Fox Run Auto for a brake inspection and service.

6. Suspension

If your suspension is weak, your vehicle won't handle as well as you want it to. Get your suspension inspected and replace worn components before they lead to bigger problems.

7. Heater/Defroster

In the winter, you really want your heater/AC and defrosters to be performing well. You can stay warm while driving and the defrosters are vital to your visibility.

8. Belts, Seals and Hoses

Your vehicle has plenty of rubber components that can get worn out quicker if subjected to wet and cold conditions. Timing belts can also slip and cause driving issues. Make sure the connections are secure and the components themselves are in good shape.

These are just a few of the things you can put an extra emphasis on when it comes to winter season maintenance. When you take care of your car, you will enjoy a safer and more comfortable driving experience no matter what the road conditions bring. 

For all your winter vehicle maintenance and auto repair needs, trust the Northern Delaware experts at Fox Run Auto in Bear. Call our shop today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.


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