Cold Weather Vehicle Maintenance

As temperatures drop and the weather becomes harsher it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in shape to perform throughout winter. Chicagoland winters are brutal, so used cars in Crestwood should be able to function despite the cold weather. Here are some car maintenance tips for the coming winter.

Check Tires

The condition of your tires becomes increasingly important when snow starts to fall and ice freezes over. Poorly maintained tires could lead to sliding, blowouts, and other tire malfunctions. Check your tire tread by measuring the depth with a ruler. As a general rule of thumb, you should have a minimum of 6/32 of an inch of tread if driving in snow and a minimum 4/32 of an inch of tread for driving on wet roads. Check the tire pressure and make sure it reflects the manufacturer's recommendations in the car manual. Make sure to check all four tires as they often do not wear evenly.

Check Antifreeze

Antifreeze is vital to maintaining the temperature of key components in your vehicle, particularly the engine. Without antifreeze, your car could be vulnerable to freezing or overheating. Check your antifreeze levels and the current freezing point. Add more antifreeze according to the normal lowest temperatures in your area. 

Check Your Car Battery

Your vehicle’s battery is particularly vulnerable to extremely low temperatures so it’s important to check it before cold weather sets in. Check the date stamp, if it’s more than three years old consider replacing it. Clean the metal connectors and check if there are any low cells. If there are, have them refilled by a mechanic at Hawk Ford of Oak Lawn.

Car maintenance is always important, but it’s increasingly so during the colder months. Bring your used cars in Crestwood to Hawk Ford of Oak Lawn for the maintenance check your vehicles needs. If you’re looking to shop used cars in Crestwood stop on by and check out our huge inventory. Drive off the lot with an affordable and reliable used car today! 

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