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Three Tool-Free Things You Can Do To Maintain Your Car

December 16, 2019, 12:00 am

Winter driving can be brutal on your car. Regular, professional, and detailed maintenance can help you keep your family safe and your travels fun even in the worst weather. This time of year, it’s worth getting your car in for a tune-up to keep snowy adventures incident-free! 

There is no substitute for a full inspection, but there are a few things you can do without being a gearhead that can help ensure that your car is ready for the challenges of snow, ice, rain, and cold temperatures. The only tools you’ll need for these precautions are your own two hands and your owner’s manual if you need more model-specific details. 

Windshield Wipers. The benefits of new wiper blades are ‘easy’ to see. Old wipers blades don’t clear your field of vision quickly or efficiently, causing slower reaction time and even more fatigue for the driver. Snowy conditions already reduce visibility, and streaky glass doesn’t help. If your wipers haven’t been up to par, pick up a pair and put them on yourself; it will only take a few minutes, and could greatly increase your safety. Remember, many models have two different lengths for the driver and passenger side, so look up your model’s requirements or measure your old wipers before you purchase new ones. 

Windshield Wiper Fluid. This time of year, drivers go through a lot of wiper fluid. Check your level every week, and make sure you fill up before longer drives so you don’t go dry while you’re on the move. We’re also big proponents of keeping a gallon of fluid in your backseat or trunk so that you have some on hand if you do run out along the course of your travels. 

Check Your Oil. You need a reminder, don’t you? While you may have your next oil change scheduled, it’s important to check your oil between stops to monitor the health and efficiency of your car in the meantime. Getting outside and popping the hood in the cold may not sound like fun, but checking your oil and spending even a few moments inspecting your motor can head off some serious consequences. Even if you’re not a mechanic, anyone can spot worn or corroded cables, leaking hoses, or mystery fluid on different parts of the motor itself. Watch for signs of belt wear or changes in the sound of your engine. Remember to always check your oil when your engine is cool, not directly after a drive. 

There is a lot you can do to keep your car running well and driving safe without being an experienced mechanic. For everything else, trust Garfield Automotive Service Center for in-depth maintenance and repairs! 

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