As winters in Nebraska are always harsh, the proper and timely preparation of your vehicle for the cold months is a must. There are several important things that should be taken care of before winter sets in.
Check the overall condition of your vehicle’s tires first - if there’s a lot of wear and tear, think of replacing them. Pay attention to tread depth, as it is crucial in preventing slipping and skidding on wet, icy or snowy roads. Having in mind the average snowfall in Nebraska, it would be a good idea to put on winter tires on your car.
A check of the composition of your coolant is absolutely necessary - it has to be ready to meet the harsh temperatures in the region which sometimes fall as down as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The same goes for your windshield wiper fluid. Our mechanics here at A-1 Auto Repair have the tools and expertise to take care of such things and recommend you the most adequate fluids.
Did you know that low temperatures could be responsible for a 50% drop in a car battery’s power? That is why checking your battery prior to the arrival of the winter season is very important. It should be fully charged and it must hold charge - visit our mechanics in Arnold and they will take care of those things. If your battery is 4 - 5 years old, it will most probably need replacement, too.
In winter, your vehicle needs motor oil of a lower viscosity because low temperatures make it thicken - bring your car to us and we will change both the oil and the filter for you.
Usually, windshield wiper blades are replaced every other year. However, if you feel that yours are not in good shape, it would be a good idea to replace them now because you must have good visibility in the ice, sleet and snow of the severe Nebraskan winter.
Lights, Belts & Hoses
Another thing we would recommend you is to have an overall system check. This includes an inspection of:
headlights, tail lights, indicator lights - in winter, it is especially important to both be able to see well and be seen well ;
Belts and hoses - a broken timing belt, for example, can leave you stranded by the roadside for many hours.
Tools and Safety Equipment
Finally, there are a few things that you should have with you while driving in winter conditions:
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire and tire changing tools - a jack and a lug wrench
- Tire chains
- First aid kit
- Tool kit
- Deicing fluid
- Some snacks and bottles of water
Remember that you can always contact or visit us here at A-1 Auto Repair Inc. in Arnold, NE if you need help or more information on how to get your car ready for winter