Preparing your vehicle for winter travel

Want to Avoid Car Troubles Ruining your Holiday Travels?

As the Holiday's approach, motorists should make certain their vehicles are up to the task of winter travel. Autumn is traditionally a busy time for carcare activities as fall service allows us the time to undo the wear and tear of Summer's tough conditions while getting ready for the colder weather.

 

First thing's first

Read your owner's manual and follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedules 

 

Engine performance

Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected - Call us today (252-491-8500) and we will be more than happy to get you setup for a diagnosis before the winter months really hit. Cold weather makes existing problems worse - Replace dirty filters, Fuel, PCV, etc.

 

Fuel

We always recommend putting a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank at least once a month as this helps keep moisture from freezing in your fuel line. Also note, that a gas tank which remains filled also prevents moisture from forming.

 

Oil

Get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or so if your driving pattern is mostly stop and go or consistent, but frequent short trips.

 

Cooling System

The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. We are always more than happy to check the condition, level and concentration of the coolant (a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Please note, the condition and tightness of drive belts, clamps and hoses should ALWAYS be left for a professional technician.

 

Heater/Defroster

Always keep an eye on this as your heater and defroster determine your level of comfort and visibility while driving.

 

Windshield Wipers

Replace old blades before the harsh weather hits. Call our dealership and we'll provide a free estimate on rubberclad (winter) blades to take  care of ice buildup. We also recommend stocking up on washer solvent as you will be surprised at how much you will use.

 

Battery

The only way to detect a week battery is with professional equipment. Recommended routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces & re-tighten all connections.

 

Lights 

Call us today and setup an appointment (252-491-8500) to replace any burned out bulbs. We also recommend periodically cleaning the road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

 

Exhaust System

This will need to be checked while the vehicle is on a lift so our professionals can thoroughly examine this system for any leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for small holes as well. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.

 

Tires

Worn tires will be little use in winter. Examine tires for remaining tread life & uneven wearing. Check the side walls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month & let the tires cool down before checking. Have them rotated as recommended and don't forget your spare.

 

Emergency Tips

Keep gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight and a cell phone in the vehicle. It is also recommended that you keep a few "high energy" snacks in your glove box.

 

 

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