When many people think about tuning their car up around the holidays, they're getting ready for local shopping or long-distance road trips to visit family and friends.
But they'd be ignoring the huge number of special events luring drivers on multiple shorter distance road trips. And, those trips can add up.
If they are only thinking about those events, then they're not considering the impact they can have on their car. But they should. Because, it's just as dangerous to break down on the way to Trollidays as it is to break down when you're 500 miles from home.
Time to check-off a tune up from your checklist.
Marhen Insuraance Co. offers a checklist of items for your winter tune-up. And, at the top of the list are batteries, brakes and fluids. Of course, it is always important to keep an eye an your battery but especially in cold weather when batteries come under excess stress, progressive.com says. Also, it is even more important to keep an eye on your battery if it has shown any signs of failing.
Cold weather is also hard on tires and tire pressure. Because of this, under-inflated tires wear down and wear out more quickly. And under-inflated tires can make it hard to get traction on icy, snow-covered roads.
Car fluids are not limited to your oil, which should be changed whenever it gets dirty. Also, drivers should also keep their tanks topped off in winter. Topping off avoids moisture in your tank that can freeze as the temperature drops.
Windshield wiper fluid should contain an antifreeze. And wipers should be changed so they can keep your windshield clear in all weather. Also important are your cooling and exhaust system.
Given all this, if you have not done so in a while, you should get your local mechanic to do an engine diagnostic during the tune up, marheninsurance.com says.
If you're not sure where to go for a tune up, simply consult the auto care technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers: CLAUSEN AUTO, HANDEL AUTO, GENIN’S AUTO, CAPITOL TIRE, HANSEN’S AUTO, ODANA TIRE, or AESCHBACH AUTO.