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11/09/2016

Seasonal Maintenance Tips to Help Keep Your Car in Great Shape This Winter

Prepare your vehicle for winter with these simple seasonal maintenance tips.

Check on Your Vehicle's Lights

As the weather becomes more unpredictable and stormy, you will be needing to use your lights more often. Not only is it the law to use your lights during a storm, they can also help maintain your visibility. Be sure you can see the road clearly and that other drivers can spot you no matter the weather by ensuring your lights are able to perform their job adequately. To be sure all of your vehicle's lights are working properly, get someone to help you. Test your headlights, bright lights, fog lights, turn signals, brake lights, and reverse lights. Not only should they all light up, they should be bright enough to be visible. If any of your bulbs have burned out or have dimmed, replace them as soon as possible.

Keep Your Fuel Tank Full

Although it should be standard practice to not let your fuel run low, this is especially important during the winter for two main reasons. The first reason is that allowing your fuel tank to be close to empty will allow moisture and condensation in. This can turn to rust which can cause issues for your fuel system. Another reason is that winter conditions are more likely to cause you to get stuck on the road. Having fuel in your tank will allow you to run the heater while you wait for help to arrive. To avoid issues, keep your tank as close to full as possible.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change

To prepare your engine to take on the winter cold, give it a full synthetic oil change in Montgomeryville. Winter is the perfect time to make the change to a synthetic oil because of the added protection it provides in cold weather. While conventional oil needs time to heat up in order to flow properly, synthetic oil will retain its fluidity, even in subzero temperatures. This means it can protect your engine from wear even on cold starts. Make the switch today and enjoy all of the benefits of synthetic oil this season. Give your engine the best protection this winter with a synthetic oil change in Montgomeryville. Contact Synthetic Oil Direct to find the perfect AMSOIL synthetic oil for your vehicle. Call them at (215) 834-8720 to place an order. Don't forge to visit their online shop for a full range of the best AMSOIL Oil products.

Maintain Your Windshield Clean

To ensure you stay safe on the road, do your best to maintain your windshield clean. Functioning wipers, plenty of wiper fluid, and your defroster should do the job, but if any of these items are not up to par, your visibility will be decreased. Old wipers that have become dry or brittle will not be able to wipe away debris, so be sure to replace old wipers. Top off your wiper fluid or replace it with a blend that won't freeze if you're expecting subzero temperatures. Finally, test your defroster to ensure it can clear up your windshield. If it's not working, have it fixed as soon as possible.

Test Your Battery

The dropping temperatures can really take a toll on your car's battery. If you store your car outdoors, your battery will have to strain harder to start, especially on cold starts. If your battery is already quite old, the winter has the potential to drain it and leave you stuck on the road. To prevent this, have your mechanic give your battery a volt test. If it's near its end, replace it before it gives you any issues.

Inspect Your Tires

The winter roads can cause issues for your tires. Not only is traction reduced, the cold can cause you tires pressure to decrease. Take some time to inspect the condition of your tires' tread and replace any tires that are worn. Check your tire pressure periodically during the season in order to ensure that they are properly inflated. If you'll bed driving in an area where temperatures will be lower than 45 degrees, your best bet is to change to winter tires. These tires are more flexible at lower temperatures, giving you better traction on the cold winter roads.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Montgomeryville

Prepare your vehicle for the winter with a synthetic oil change in MontgomeryvilleContact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720 to find the right synthetic oil for all of your engines. Check out their online shop for a full selection of AMSOIL Oil products.
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