How to Winterize Your Car With Bucaro Brothers Auto Care11.28.2011
Winter driving is much more complicated than many drivers are aware, and winterizing your vehicle can ensure you have a roadworthy car, truck, or SUV when the snow starts falling. Consider these easy ways to winterize your car before the temperature drops below well below 32 degrees.
The easiest and quickest way to improve your car’s performance in winter conditions is to install snow tires. Snow tires have deeper channels and tread grooves, increasing their traction during snow-covered road conditions. Upgrading tires just prior to the season will also ensure you have a fresh set of tires with the maximum amount of grip possible. If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, where snow fall often accumulates on the roadways, then choose a high-quality snow tire by Michelin or Goodyear.
Snow chains can increase traction dramatically if the road is completely obscured by snow. These chains are fairly simple to install and can improve your stopping distance dramatically. While they are very useful on snowed-in roads, on asphalt, chains can make driving uncomfortable and less predictable, so only install them just prior to use and then remove them immediately after.
Check Hoses and Belts
Cold weather is especially tough on the rubber in your engine compartment and you should inspect the hoses and belts for signs of wear and tear before the season begins. Check the ends of the hoses where they connect to components for signs of cracks, and look for signs of stripping on your drive belts. If these belts snap during use, they may cause costly malfunctions, so have them replaced if they are worn and cracked.
At Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, our service center and technicians can handle virtually any repair and offer it at the most competitive price in the Chicago, IL area. Call us at (773) 570-4541, or visit us online for more details.