Old man winter is almost back in full force. Is your car ready to take on the intense Charlotte winter this year? Our auto service team at Toyota of North Charlotte are going to go over what happens to a car in cold weather. This will help educate you on what could happen to your vehicle when it exposed to harsh winter conditions, and help you with your winter car preparation.
Prepare your ride with winter auto service
- Your car battery won’t be as reliable
Test your car battery before winter hits! A simple test will let you know if your car needs this Charlotte auto service before you end up stranded somewhere due to a dead battery. Severe cold weather will reduce your vehicle’s battery life. We recommend keeping your vehicle stored in a garage when temperatures go under 30 degrees Fahrenheit since batteries are recommended to be stored between 30 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Your fluids will become thicker
When the temperatures go low your car’s fluid would get thicker. That means that your Toyota’s fluids will be harder for your vehicle to use when it’s cold outside and you’re snuggled next to the fire. Our auto service experts at Toyota of North Charlotte recommend starting up your vehicle and having it run for a few minutes before you start driving. This winter car care tip will help heat up your fluids before you take off on the road.
- Your tire pressure will drop
If you have a tire pressure monitor in your vehicle, you will probably hear it this winter season. Cold weather makes air compress. Your vehicle’s tires will lose around one pound per square inch (psi) for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit dropped. Because of this, you will want to check your tires regularly and fill them this winter season to make sure you don’t end up with under-inflated tires. Under-inflated tires do not perform well and are far more susceptible to damages. And make sure to let some air out of your tires when the temperature goes back up during your spring auto service
- You won’t be able to use your windshield wipers
Don’t trust your windshield wipers to clean your windshield while you’re on the road. The rubber on the blades car easily be torn by ice and slush, and the windshield wiper fluid can freeze under the hood of your car.
Get your car ready for winter at Toyota of North Charlotte
Come into Toyota of North Charlotte Toyota and get your vehicle ready for the winter season. Our Toyota certified experts will give your vehicle top of the line auto service and help make sure your car is ready for the cold weather. We are open Monday to Saturday until 9 p.m. to help accommodate your busy schedule. We look forward to serving you!