Preparing Your Car For Winter in Massachusetts Checklist

Posted On: Friday, December 6, 2019

Winter is coming! Yes, but not the kind of winter with dragons or the Night King and his army of the dead. It’s the kind of winter that threatens the health of your vehicle. But is your car ready for the road this winter? After all, when vehicles are not well maintained, they tend to have problems and breakdown, especially when temperatures dip down into the average low temperatures.

Winter in Massachusetts can be extremely brutal on all types of vehicles for many reasons. First, there’s the issue of the ash and salt used to melt ice on the roads. These two elements are highly corrosive and destroy your car’s paint and also damage metal parts. Also, there’s the issue of the extreme cold temperatures that cause car fluids to freeze and move less freely.

So now is the perfect time for a Massachusetts winter car maintenance check to keep your vehicle well-tuned, so you’re not stranded on the side of the road freezing. Here is a look at items you’ll want inspected to ensure that your vehicle is operating at its best this winter:

  • Car Battery Test: We’ll check the battery connection to make sure that it is tight, clean, and free from corrosion. We also replace batteries if necessary.
  • Alignment Test: An alignment test is intended to measure your car’s wheel angels so that the alignment is the same as the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some of the things to inspect during an alignment test are tire wear, suspension, and handling characteristics.
  • Tire Pressure Check & Adjust: Tire pressure often varies depending on the temperatures outside. Our experts will perform a tire pressure check on all your tires and adjust the pressure accordingly. After all, properly inflated tires improve what your car can handle.
  • Coolant Evaluation: here, we will inspect your vehicles antifreeze/coolant and all other fluids to ensure that everything is looking great
  • Windshield Wipers: Remember, you depend on windshield wipers to clear your windshield and offer you the best visibility possible. Damaged, torn, or cracked windshield wiper blades can scratch your glass, affecting visibility. We will replace damaged wiper blades to ensure you have the best visibility while on the road this winter.
  • Tire Rotation Inspection: You’ll want your tires to have good tread when driving during winter. A tire rotation inspection helps in equalizing tread wear.

Cold weather can have adverse effects on your vehicle’s performance – particularly your battery, tires as well as the engine. We lookout for any potential problems, check tire pressure and keep your vehicle healthy this winter season. So schedule a multi-point inspection, a battery check, or a full Massachusetts winter car maintenance inspection to keep maintenance issues at bay at Framingham’s Favorite Auto Repair Shop & First Place winner of 2019 Best of The Best Metrowest Award for best Auto Repair Shop in Framingham, MA.