Fall is here in Edmonton and with the harsh winter weather ahead, there are a few simple things you can do in order to keep your vehicle running smooth through the snowy months. Taking time to follow these steps can save you the time, money, stress and potential danger of an unexpected breakdown this winter. Whether you perform this seasonal maintenance yourself or take your vehicle to a professional service technician, here are the top 5 things to keep you moving through the winter.
BatteryClean your battery connections and ensure they're tight and free of corrosion. Colder temperatures make your vehicle harder to start and can stress your battery and the connections to it; you want to make sure you get the best connection possible. If your battery is more than 3 years old, it's a good idea to get it replaced - batteries can fail without warning!
Heater/DefrostersCheck and clean your air filters and ensure your heater is blowing hot air. If your vehicle's heater is not effective, you will have difficulties keeping your windows clear on cold days. If you notice a sweet scent when you turn on the heat, you may have an issue with the heating system and you should see a mechanic right away.
Wiper Blades and Wiper FluidReplace wipers that are cracked, torn or ineffective at keeping the windshield clean. Top up your wiper fluid and keep a spare jug in your trunk. Running out of wiper fluid on a slushy or muddy day is not fun!
TiresCheck tire pressure and tread wear. Uneven wear indicates the need for a wheel alignment; bulges and bald spots could indicate an issue with suspension. It's always a good idea to have a set of winter tires for Edmonton winters. Many tire shops will store your tires in the off-season for your convenience.
BrakesHave the brake system checked by a licensed technician before the snow flies. Check to make sure your emergency brake is working. Brakes are critical, particularly on snowy, icy roads.