IS YOUR VEHICLE WINTER READY
As fall becomes winter, your vehicle's maintenance needs will change. To keep your car running optimally in the colder months ahead, we recommend properly winterizing your vehicle. Between potential hazards like ice or snow and longer, darker nights, properly winterizing your vehicle will provide increased safety, comfort, and peace of mind to you and your passengers.
When it comes to your safety on the road, the condition of your tires is paramount. Your tires are the first line of defense between yourself and the road.
1.Check the tread depth of each tire (you can easily do this with a penny)and inspect each tire for uneven wear.
2. Make sure your tires are in alignment. If you suspect your wheels are out of alignment, get them fixed. Misalignment of tires has many implications to the performance of your vehicle, including uneven tire wear, poor fuel economy, and an uncomfortable driving experience.
3. Because tire pressure can drop in chilly weather, you should check your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter months and inflate to the manufacturers recommended PSI. You can lose 1-2 PSI for every 10°F drop in temperature so regularly checking this number is crucial. If the air pressure in your tires drops to below a specified number, your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light will trigger. If your TPMS engages, it is imperative that you add air to your tires or have them checked for a puncture.
4. Depending on the winter conditions in your area, winter tires might be the best option for you. Designed specifically for driving in more extreme winter conditions, these tires are constructed to provide extra traction, braking, and handling when driving on roads that see heavy snow, ice, and slush. An alternative to installing winter tires is purchasingwinter chains.
Extreme cold weather is particularly tough on your vehicle’s battery. During periods of cold weather, your vehicle’s starter pulls more amperage in order to start. If your battery is already weak, this extra draw could result in a dead battery.
1. Check the warranty on your battery to understand its life expectancy. If the end of its life is approaching,we recommend replacing your car battery before the cold winter months finish it off, leaving you stranded.
2. If your car battery is on the newer or somewhat-used end of the spectrum, we recommend having it inspected for leaks or corrosion build-up.Pep Boys' Battery Protection Plan provides the complete assurance that our professional battery installationremains trouble-free season after season.
Finally, if you have questions about the condition of your vehicle’s starting and charging system (which includes the battery, starter, and alternator), make an appointment or stop by your local store for a free PROSTART Starting and Charging System Evaluation.
One of the few things we tend to remember when it comes to car maintenance is the importance of changing our motor oil. This is particularly important because engine oil's viscosity tends to become thicker in cold weather. The thickened motor oil makes it more difficult for the engine oil to flow quickly to all of your engine's vital components, which can result in major problems if you use the wrong oil.
Check your owner's manual for the proper oil temperature and viscosity rating to ensure that when getting your next oil change, or performing your own, the proper motor oil is used.
It is important to check your coolant level, as the cold weather season approaches. If your coolant level looks low, you may need a top off.
Pep Boys offers Comprehensive Coolant System Evaluation designed to diagnose any issues that may exist within your cooling system. To guard your system in between flushes, we offer a Drain and Fill Service Package. Check the specifications set by your vehicle’s manufacturer to determine whether it is time for a Complete Coolant Chemical Flush and Exchange.
Belts & Hoses
Belts and hoses are heavily used engine components that experience extreme wear and tear. As the weather changes, the tendency of these components to crack, swell, and become laden with dry rot increases.
High-functioning wipers are imperative in the winter months. How else can you effectively wipe away the snow that is sure to amount on your windshield? The heat of the summer is known to actively deteriorate the quality of your wiper blades, leaving them in a state that is the opposite of winter ready.
1. Check your blades. If they are worn, ripped, torn, cracked or chattering on contact with your windshield, they will not provide you with the streak-free wiping you will need to be safe in the winter.
2. Always replace windshield wipers in pairs.
Are your headlights shining as brightly as they should be? Fully operational headlights are critical to safe winter driving.
Don't wait for your headlights to dim and burn out before you replace them.Replacing your vehicle’s headlight bulbs regularly will ensure the best lighting performance.
If you believe your headlights are candidates for restoration, try our Pep Boys See and Be Safe 3M Headlight Restoration Service Package.
Winter-readiness is a part of life and should be built into your vehicle maintenance routine so that, when the seasons change, you make it to your destination safely and with confidence. Packing your car with roadside emergency preparation items is also advised, especially in the winter months. Whether you elect to winterize your vehicle yourself, or let Pep Boys perform your winter maintenance services, we recommend going the extra mile to get your vehicle winter ready.