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A Comprehensive Guide to Winter Vehicle Maintenance

A Comprehensive Guide to Winter Vehicle Maintenance

With winter quickly approaching, it is crucial to ensure your vehicle is prepared to handle the challenges that come with colder temperatures and icy roads. Follow this guide to take the essential steps that will keep your vehicle in top shape during the winter months!

1. Check and Change Fluids

Cold temperatures can affect various fluids in our vehicle. Ensure that your engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze are at the recommended levels. You can also consider switching to winter-grade oil for improved cold-weather performance. With our Winter Maintenance Package deal, receive $100 OFF when you purchase an oil change and cooling system flush together!

2. Inspect the Battery

Cold weather can take a toll on your car’s battery, leading to reduced efficiency. Check the battery terminals for corrosion, and if your battery is more than three years old, consider having it tested or replaced. A reliable battery is crucial for starting your engine in chilly conditions. Stop into Craftsman for a FREE Battery Test and $20 OFF a New Battery this winter!

3. Examine the Tires

Proper tire maintenance is essential for winter driving. Check the tire pressure regularly, as it tends to drop in colder weather. Consider switching to winter tires for improved traction on snow and ice. Swing by for a FREE Air Fill and $10 OFF Every New Tire Purchase to keep your tires in top shape! Also ensure that the tread depth meets safety standards, and replace tires if necessary. You won’t beat Craftsman’s tire packages – bring it to us and we will assess the state of your tires for FREE!

4. Brake System Inspection

Your brakes are your first line of defense on slippery roads. Have Craftsman inspect your brake system, including brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid. Address any issues promptly with $20 OFF Brakes this season to ensure optimal braking performance in winter conditions. Also consider the BG Brake Fluid Service to restore brake responsiveness and smoother overall stopping!

5. Replace Worn Wiper Blades and Fluid

Visibility is crucial during winter driving. Inspect your wiper blades for wear and tear, and replace them if needed. Take advantage of our BOGO Wiper Blades deal to swipe away worries and see clearly in winter conditions. Fill up the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter-grade solution that won’t freeze in cold temperatures.

6. Examine Lights and Signals

Winter often brings shorter days and longer nights. Ensure that all exterior lights, including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals, are functioning correctly. Replace any burnt out bulbs, and consider upgrading to brighter, more efficient options.

7. Prepare an Emergency Kit

No matter how well-maintained your vehicle is, unexpected situations can arise. Prepare an emergency kit that includes items like a blanket, flashlight, extra batteries, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit. A small shovel and kitty litter can also help provide traction if your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.

8. Test the Heating System

Stay warm during your winter drives by testing you vehicle’s heating system. Ensure that the heater and defroster are working effectively to keep the interior warm and maintain clear visibility.

9. Inspect the Exhaust System

A well-functioning exhaust system is crucial for preventing the buildup of carbon monoxide inside the vehicle. Check for any leaks or damage to the exhaust system and have it repaired promptly.

10. Keep a Full Gas Tank

During winter, it’s advisable to keep your gas tank at least half full. This helps prevent fuel lines from freezing and ensures that you have enough fuel in case of unexpected delays.

By following these comprehensive steps, you’ll be better equipped to navigate winter roads with confidence. Bring your car by Craftsman Auto care for a FREE Holiday Road Trip Inspection to check all of the above and MORE!

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