WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR THE WINTER SEASON?
Being safe during the winter weather is not only about taking it slow and watching out for ice. In San Diego, we do not have too many problems with the cold, but it is good to prepare your vehicle, in any case, for any change in temperature. Our trained technicians at 7 to 7 Auto Services can help get your vehicle ready for the winter season.
- Is your antifreeze in working order? We recommend that the coolant be flushed and re-filled every two years for most vehicles. Having the antifreeze in working condition is important for your safety, in the possible event that it drops to freezing.
- Is your battery charged and ready to go? Cold weather can make it more difficult for your car to turn over and for the battery to keep its charge. It is good to have the battery serviced before the winter-time to see if fluid levels and the battery structure are in working order.
- Is your heater and de-froster working properly? A technician can check for proper fluids and the efficiency of your heating/cooling system.
- Are your tires at full pressure? Cold air drains the air from tires faster than warm air. Check levels frequently to keep your vehicle running on the road smoothly.
- Are you prepared for a hail-storm, the rain, or even the snow? Keep an ice scraper and windshield de-icer in your guy. Make sure your wiper blades have been replaced after six months of use.
- When was your oil last changed? Your oil should be changed at least once a year, especially when it begins to get cold or very warm. Proper oil levels are very important to prevent friction between parts in your vehicle, keeping your engine’s condition in tip-top shape.
- Finally, are your lights fully functioning? As it begins to get darker earlier in the day during winter time, head and tail lights become even more important for safety. Fog lights are also valuable when moisture is in the air. Check these regularly.