Winter is just beginning. Make sure your car is ready to handle the tough weather ahead. The Madison auto care pros at one of Madison Auto Care’s seven NAPA service centers can help.
It’s going to be a cold Halloween for Madison’s trick or treaters. Ghosts and goblins are sure to have a bit of frost and maybe even icicles hanging from their costumes. They’ll need to take special care to stay warm.
The same goes for your car, which needs special care to survive the harsh cold and snowy months ahead. The time is now to make sure your car is ready.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers these tips:
“Get engine performance and driveability problems — hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. — corrected at a reputable repair shop …. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. …
“The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
“Replace old blades regularly. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent — you’ll be surprised how much you use during the winter months. And don’t forget to always carry an ice scraper.
“Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. …
“Worn tires are dangerous in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month, letting the tires ‘cool down’ before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget to check your spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and thus use excess gasoline.”
If you need a trusted Madison auto care technician to help with these and other cold-weather preps, call the certified Madison auto care pros at one of Madison Auto Care’s seven conveniently located NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
Madison Auto Care’s experts can help you with that.
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