As the temperature drops and the weather changes, it is important to be ready for anything! You do not want to find yourself with frozen fuel lines when you have an eighth of a tank of gas left. Being stranded on the side of the road while it is snowing or pitch black outside is certainly not ideal, which is why Wrench is here to help you stay safe. There are several ways that cold weather can affect your car, and failing to properly address these issues could result in serious damage in the future. Not to mention, driving in the winter in general is often more challenging. If you are experiencing any problems with your car before the weather takes a turn for the worse, schedule an appointment with Wrench immediately. We will have your car running like new in no time! Even if you think your car is fit to handle any winter weather, we are still here to provide some useful tips for avoiding any weather-related problems.

     

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  • Stay up-to-date on maintenance. The best advice we can give you is to make sure that your car has had a recent tune-up. Every car’s owner’s manual has a maintenance schedule that details when the car needs servicing on various parts, so schedule an appointment with a Wrench mechanic if you think that you may have fallen behind. Getting the oil changed, topping off the fluids, and checking the tires are all things that should be done before the weather takes a turn for the worse.
  • Drive carefully. This may seem obvious, but you should always drive very intentionally during the winter. Not only is this important for your safety and the safety of everyone on the road, but your car will thank you. Give yourself lots of time to slow down, which will protect both you and your brakes. Pay attention to your speed and do not hesitate to go under the speed limit if the weather is dicey.
  • Replace the windshield wipers. You do not want to take any risks when it comes to visibility during the winter, when you could experience anything from a light rail to a hail storm. If your windshield wipers are old or seem to be dysfunctional, it is a good idea to replace them. This is something that you can do yourself, or a Wrench mechanic would be happy to help. For more information on windshield wiper replacement, click here. Worried about how to deal with frozen windshield wipers? We’ve got you covered. While you are at it, top off the wiper fluid as well!
  • Take care of your tires. When the temperature drops, the air in your tires will compress and may deflate a bit. Keeping your tires properly inflated will increase traction and keep you safer on the road. If you live in an area where you get a lot of snow, you may also want to consider snow tires. If you are going on a ski trip, you may just need to put chains on your tires. Do some research to determine what is best for your car given the environment that you are driving in.
  • Wash your car frequently. If you live in a place that it snows often, there will often be salt on the roads. Road salt is corrosive and can cause damage to the exterior and undercarriage of your car. Keeping your tires clean is also important for reducing wear, and give the windshield a good scrub every once in a while.
  • Let some cold air in. Although this might sound counterintuitive, opening the windows and letting some cold air into the car after you have been driving for a while can be good for your car. This can help prevent frost from building up on the windows.
  • Avoid street parking. Especially if you know that there is a storm coming, parking your car off the street will avoid a snow and salt pile up on your car.

We hope that you are better equipped with knowledge on how to best protect your car from winter weather. At Wrench, your safety is our top priority, which is why we want to do anything we can to help! Wrench provides high quality and convenient auto repair, so you can stay warm from the comfort of your home while one of our skilled mechanics works on your car in the driveway. Do not wait any longer for great auto repair, and join the Wrench family today! Your car will thank you and you will feel confident on the road when driving in snow. For more information on how to prepare your car for winter, click here. If you have any other questions about winter car repairs or using Wrench in a global pandemic, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email, at hello@wrench.com, or by phone, at 844-997-3624.

     

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