Winter changes the way that you care for your body, so it is only fair that it changes the way that you care for your car. As the temperature begins to drop, cars start to feel the effects, and that is when it is time to start winterizing your vehicle. It is recommended around this time of year that car owners start their winter maintenance because we have had our first signs of frost and cold. Here are the five best ways to ensure the safety and maintenance of your Subaru and that you’re winter ready.
Experts say that tires begin to lose their integrity at seven degrees Celsius, which is why you are not to wait until the first snowfall to put winter tires on your Subaru. The reason that winter tires are necessary is that the rubber that they are made from is softer than regular, which means that the flexibility of the tires is far superior in low temperatures. When changing your tires, ensure that all four are changed and have a symbol of a snowflake on the tire itself.
Tire pressure is one of the most important aspects of a safe car during the fall and winter months. Tire pressure drops with the temperature, which is why it is recommended to check that at least once a month for winter maintenance. Tire pressure is measured by PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch), and this number changes depending on the car, which can be found on the drivers’ door jam. Knowing the PSI for your car is important because the over-inflation of the tire can cause it to lose traction, making it slide instead of grip.
Windshield wipers are an essential part of surviving heavy winter downpours of snow, so it is essential that they are in the best shape. In order to lengthen the lifespan of your windshield wipers during the winter, it is necessary to keep an ice scraper in your car. The rubber of the windshield wipers won’t be worn out as quickly if the majority of the work is done with the scraper. Another tip for your Subaru’s winter maintenance is to keep extra windshield fluid in your car; it is a lifesaver!
Although it is always a good idea to know the state of your Subaru’s battery, it is imperative during the winter. Battery capacity decreases in cold weather, so it is recommended that when the temperature begins to drop, a mechanic takes a look at it. Checking for corroded wires and water levels on your own is a good start, but Subaru cares, and we want you to have it professionally evaluated.
Headlights and Brakelights
Winter fog and heavy snow are two of the most dangerous aspects of winter driving, which is why having working headlights and brake lights are as important as they are. If you notice that your plastic headlights are cloudy, there are at home treatments that can be done in order brighten your visibility. If you’d rather not, go to the professionals.
If you haven’t already winterized your vehicle, it’s time to do so before we experience our first snowfall. Book your winter maintenance appointment, here.