Winter Car Care Tips

With winter fast approaching, it is never too early to begin preparing one’s vehicle for inclement weather. Given that Colorado is prone to plenty of snowfall and lots of ice, it is crucial to make sure that one’s car is prepared for the weather. Not only is proper preparation important for the overall health and maintenance of the vehicle, but also for the driver and passenger’s safety. At Stonum Automotive in Longmont, we have been striving to provide the best possible service to local residents since 2004. Whether it be an oil change in Longmont or a transmission overhaul, our trained and professional staff have a solution for any problem.

Go For an Inspection

Even if the vehicle is not due for service, be sure to bring it to Stonum Automotive to let our trained employees ensure that it is running at peak efficiency. Given that the harsh elements like salt from the snowplow, freezing rain and heavy snow can intensify existing problems it is best to fix any issue before the bad weather hits. To determine what is wrong with the vehicle, our staff may do a vehicle diagnostic in Longmont to make sure we get it right the first time.

Check the Fluid Levels

While it may not seem like a big deal during the winter, not having enough windshield washer fluid is one of the leading causes of accidents in the winter. Not only should one make sure they have enough washer fluid, but also check the windshield wipers to make sure that they are not squeaking or leaving streaks on the glass.

Does the Heater Work

Nothing is worse than being stranded without working heat. Even if the heat appears to be working properly, why take the chance that something will go wrong?

Have an Emergency Bag in the Car

Whether it is because a road is impassable or the vehicle is not drivable, it may be necessary to spend a long period of time in one’s vehicle during the winter. As a result, keep the vehicle stocked with a duffel bag that contains warm clothing, a blanket, protein bars and snacks, water, flashlight, a radio and a hand held charger for a cell phone. While this may seem to be a drastic step, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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