sNOw IS HERE! Just kidding, we love the snow…

…but before Jack Frost settles in for the long haul, here are a few things you should do to make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold season.

1. Check your battery: Cold weather is very harsh on your battery. When those temperatures drop, starting an engine can take almost twice as much current as it would need on an average day. Have a technician run a load test to see if it’s time to replace your battery.

2. Have your cowl drains checked: Leaves may get stuck in the drains that run from the base of the windshield. This can cause water back-up and major damage to electrical components and control modules. These drains need to be cleaned annually as a preventative measure.

3. Check your anti-freeze: To prevent freezing, your engine cooling system should be a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. In addition to checking the antifreeze level, it’s smart to pressure test the cooling system to spot any possible leaks if the fluid is low.

4. Change the engine oil: Cooler temperatures can reduce the effectiveness of your engine oil, causing it to thicken and not circulate through the engine as smoothly. Your synthetic oil needs to be changed every 5000 miles or 6 months, for optimal maintenance of your car.

5. Bring your vehicle in for inspection: To make sure you’re fully prepared for winter months, it’s always a good idea to have a certified technician inspect your vehicle. A lot happens under the hood of your car, and we want to ensure you and your family are safe this winter season on the road.