The colder weather means your car or truck may require extra attention before driving off into the snow. Winter maintenance checks are essential for keeping your ride running smoothly, from checking tire pressure to changing fluids.
What more should you look out for during winter maintenance checks? Here are five things to consider when performing winter maintenance checks.
Battery and Charging System
The first thing you should do before starting your vehicle is to ensure the battery and charging system has been checked out by a professional. Remember, to start an engine in cold weather, you need a fully charged battery in good condition.
If you notice any issues with the charging system, you may need to replace the alternator or even the entire system. You should also check the charging cables and connectors for corrosion.
Wipers are an essential aspect of keeping your vehicle clean and safe. Ensure they are working correctly and are not clogged with snow or ice. Also, make sure they are clear of debris and dirt. Any blade that leaves streaks or misses some areas should be replaced.
Tire pressure is significant for safety and traction. Check tire pressure regularly and ensure the tires are inflated correctly during winter. You should check the tire pressure on all four tires, including the spare, more frequently. Keep in mind that tire pressure typically decreases by one PSI every 10 degrees Fahrenheit as the average temperature drops.
Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir
Because the temperatures are extremely low in winter, using any normal washer fluid might freeze up. To be safe, fill your washer reservoir with a windshield washer with antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
Brake systems are essential for stopping your Mercedes-Benz safely. Ensure brake pads are replaced if necessary, and the brake rotors are in good condition. If necessary, have the system checked by a qualified expert to ensure all components function. That is if there are any signs of a brake issue.
After a long, cold winter, it's time to get your Mercedes-Benz ready for the road. Winter weather can be tough on every part of your vehicle, and a little TLC in the garage will go a long way toward boosting performance when you hit the road. If you need to get your car ready for the winter, we invite you to bring your Mercedes-Benz into MBClinic Inc today!