Winterizing Your Vehicle
Vehicle safety is a concern throughout the world, but those places with harsh winters make it all that more important.
We rely on our vehicles to get us to and from work each day, pick up our kids from school, and in general get us where we need to go.
Winters in Northeast Ohio can be harsh, which makes winterizing your vehicle an important element in vehicle safety.
In addition, the winter months are hard on your vehicle. Cold temperatures can affect its operation and bald tires can prove a safety hazard.
Auto Star will winterize your vehicle to make sure that you and your family are safe throughout the winter, and of course we would like to check your vehicle again in the spring too.
What does Auto Star do to winterize your vehicle?
- Check your visibility: Auto Star will check your windshield wipers to make sure that they are not leaving streaks that can inhibit your visibility and we will make sure that your windshield wiper reservoir is filled with windshield wiper fluid that contains an antifreeze agent. We will also make sure that the heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it’s in the defrost mode. Finally, we will make sure that all of the automobile’s lights are working properly.
- Check your tires: Auto Star’s certified auto mechanics are able to check the tread on your tires and change your tires to winter tires. Winter tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds specifically designed to grip snow and ice, for optimum traction on slick roads. We will also check your steering to make sure that your car is steering correctly.
- Oil Check or Oil Change: Engine oil thickens when it’s cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Auto Star will use the manufacturer’s recommendation, which is generally a multi-viscosity oil with a “W” in the viscosity index, signifying that it is formulated for winter use. In addition, we will change the oil filter.
- Check Cooling System: Auto Star will check the radiator and heating hoses for cracking, leaking, and contamination from oil or grease. We will replace these hoses if they feel brittle or frail. If needed, Auto star will also flush your cooling system and refill it with a mixture of antifreeze and water to keep your coolant from freezing to well below zero.
It won’t be long before it is winter in Barberton Ohio once again. Hurry and contact Auto Star for the best winter vehicle maintenance around, and make sure you and your family are safe through the winter months.