How to Winterize Your Car

The winter weather months of the year are approaching. This isn't everyone's favorite time of year, especially when you factor in winter driving. Hopefully you're reading this before the snow flies. This will give you some time to get some winter service items performed on your vehicle before the temperatures really start to drop in Duncannon. Year-round maintenance is important for your new vehicle, but the winter can really be tough on your vehicle. It's a good idea to make sure your vehicle is ready for the next few months.


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Antifreeze Levels

Antifreeze is a type of fluid that goes into your radiator. This is a very important part of winter driving. You can check these levels yourself, adding a mixture of 50/50 water and antifreeze if your levels are low. You can also have a professional check your antifreeze levels if you aren't sure how to do so. It's a very affordable maintenance item that goes a long way towards protecting your vehicle for your Harrisburg commutes.

Tire Maintenance

The winter is probably the most important time of the year when it comes to having good quality tires on your vehicle. Tread quality is incredibly important. You want to make sure that you have at least 2/32" of depth left on your tires before the snow arrives. This will provide you with plenty of traction on snow, ice, slush and sleet. Tire pressure is also important. If you don't have a vehicle that alerts you to low or high tire pressure, check them yourself. Your levels should be spot on to avoid things like tire blowouts or flats. In the colder temperatures, the air inside of your tires can condense. Don't be alarmed if you have to top all of the tires off.

Winter Wiper Blades

You probably already have a set of wiper blades on your vehicle, but a winter set will do a better job on the streets of Mechanicsburg. You're going to be dealing with all kinds of precipitation that needs to be cleared effectively from your windshield. Otherwise, you won't be able to see the road well. Winter wiper blades are a lot more heavy-duty. They can quickly cut through snow, but also the slush that gets kicked up from other vehicles on the road. It's a good idea to replace your wiper blades with each season.

Windshield Wiper Fluid

Most of us frequently hit that windshield wiper fluid button to get our windshield extra clean, but a lot of people neglect to maintain this reservoir until it's empty. At the start of winter in Newport, fill up your reservoir. You won't want to be in the middle of a messy commute, only to find that you're out of fluid. It's a good idea to check this reservoir halfway through the winter. You can check it more frequently if you feel that you've been using it a lot. You can opt for a better fluid type for the winter. There are a few varieties that will prevent ice buildup on your windshield.

Battery Inspection and Maintenance

You're going to be relying on your battery a lot more during the winter months. The cold temperatures can make it difficult for your vehicle to start if your battery isn't in good condition. A quick check of your battery can determine if it has an appropriate charge. You also want to determine if your battery is capable of holding its charge. If it's time for a new battery, now is the time to invest in one at our dealership near Carlisle.

Stop down to Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram if you would like our service department to help you with all of your winter service and maintenance. You don't want to be left on the side of the road in a blizzard, waiting for assistance to arrive. A little bit of maintenance right now can prevent you from being stranded later on, with expensive repairs to take care of. If you're looking for a new or new-to-you vehicle, we can help with that too. Explore our inventory, apply for auto financing, and get ready for the new season ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions About Winterizing a Car at Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Each winter, drivers may hear about the benefits of "winterizing" their car to prepare it for the cold and ice. While there are some winterization techniques you can do at home, our service center team can help you out here at Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Follow along with our frequently asked questions (FAQs) about winterizing your Ram, Dodge, Jeep, or Chrysler in Duncannon, PA. Our dealership is less than a half-hour outside of Mechanicsburg.

Is Winterizing a Car Necessary?

Yes. Whole many of our SUVs and trucks are built for adverse terrain, they still require proper fluid levels, tires, and other maintenance procedures to take on snow and ice. Long term cold and freezing temperatures can wear on a vehicle's engine, no matter how powerful.

How Much Does it Cost to Winterize a Car?

The price of winterization may vary depending on how much work the car needs. Generally, winterization procedures such as fluid checks, oil changes, and tire rotations cost anywhere from $50 to $150 if not covered under warranty.

What Winterization Procedures Can be Done at Home?

When driving through Harrisburg or Duncannon, it would be ideal to inspect the tires and fluids of your car, paying attention to antifreeze/coolant levels, tire pressure, and windshield washer fluid. If you have or need special winter snow tires, you may order them through our website or bring them with you when you schedule a service visit, for custom installation.

What Systems in my Car are Affected by Weather?

Winter weather can have an impact on any car, with a variety of systems requiring attention. Of course, the tires will need special attention as the snow and ice can cause them to wear down faster. Coolant levels also become critical, as this substance acts as antifreeze during the winter months. Other systems that cold weather effects include the belts, hoses, spark plugs, brakes, and battery.

Why Go to Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram?

If you drive one of our top four brands, then we are one of the best laces to get your car winterized. Our service center is staffed with fully-trained MOPAR® technicians. Our parts center always comes fully stocked with genuine MOPAR® parts which will always provide the best matches for your car, truck, or SUV, in Newport, PA.

Schedule an appointment for vehicle winterization today here at Forrer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Our service center is on-site at our dealership and less than 35 minutes outside of Carlisle, PA. Visit us today!

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