Winter Car Maintenance

November 9th, 2018 by

2018 Jeep Wrangler in Red and Grey

The wintertime can be a festive time for travelers. But between holiday shopping and adventures in the snow, it’s easy to neglect the winter car maintenance that is so important. Freezing temperatures, slick driveways, and piles of snow can turn your gorgeous car into a rusted wreck faster than you could imagine – but there’s hope! Find out how to prepare your car for winter with DuPage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, and enjoy a merry holiday season on the road.

Cold Weather Protection

Before the first snow of the season falls, it’s a good idea to clean up your car’s exterior. You could schedule a service like a full detailing, or you could take the DIY approach. We recommend giving your car a good scrub, both inside and out, to start off on the right foot. Then apply a layer of car wax, which acts as a barrier against corrosion and road salt. Your car will look fantastic all season long!

Check Under the Hood

The frigid cold temperatures can be difficult on your car’s inner workings, so be sure to get an inspection to make sure everything is in tip-top shape before the worst of winter comes. For example, do you notice any strange car noises that you’ve been ignoring? Has it been awhile since your last oil change? When did you last clean your fuel injector? Experienced drivers can take care of some issues in the garage, but most people will benefit from a visit to the service department for an expert eye.

Ensure Your Visibility

Snow, sleet, and ice can do a number on your visibility. Here are a few areas to double check:

  • Windshield wipers: Check for damage and be sure to replace your set if they aren’t performing as well as they used to.
  • Headlights and taillights: Swap out dim bulbs and clean the lenses to ensure that you can see easily on the darkest nights.
  • Deicing fluid: Now is the time to fill your washer tank with deicing fluid to prevent icy webs from forming on your windshield in the morning.

Find Out More!

Need more advice about winterizing your car? Visit DuPage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM – serving St. Charles, Naperville, and Lombard. Contact us online with any questions!