How to Prepare Your Car for Winter


14 tips you need to know to keep you and your vehicle safe this winter:


 •Before you do anything else, read your owner's manual and follow the manufacturers recommended service schedules.


…The following can be taken care of in our Express Lane:


•Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual - more often if you're driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. Regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.


•Replace old wiper blades regularly. The drastic change in temperature causes the rubber blades to fail. Make sure your blades are ready when you need them…and don't forget to always carry an ice scraper.


•As the temperature drops below freezing, make sure your washer fluid is designed for the colder weather. The washer fluid can freeze up and damage the fluid container. During snow storms a clean windshield is a must with the added salt clouding your view.


•Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline. Also don't forget your Cabin filter.


•Inspect all lights and bulbs. Replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag. Clouded lenses can be refinished by our service department.


•Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Make sure the posts are cleaned of acid build up. There is never a convenient time to have a dead battery. Free checks done in our Express Lane


•Worn tires are dangerous in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month, letting the tires "cool down" before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget to check your spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and burn more gasoline.


…The following would need an appointment with the Service Department:


•Have your brakes checked periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect.


•The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. Most maintenance schedules call for coolant to be changed after 5 years or 100,000 miles.


•Get engine performance and drivability problems - hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. - corrected. Get your check engine light issues addressed. Cold weather makes existing problems worse.


•The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.


•The transmission is often neglected until a major failure. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.


…And here are a few things to do on your own:


•Always carry an emergency kit with you: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.


 Have a safe winter… a lot of these items are inspected for FREE in our Express Lane. Come by today!




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MOPAR® EXPRESS LANE SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR MOST MAKES AND MODELS

  • Oil and Filter Change
  • Chassis Lube
  • Tire Rotation with Brake Inspection
  • Tire Wear and Pressure Check
  • Battery Test and Replacement*
  • Multipoint Checkup
  • Air Filter Replacement
  • Wiper Blades Replacement
  • Coolant and Fluid Level Checks and Top Offs
  • Replace Exterior Bulbs**

*For non-warranty replacements
**Headlamps may be excluded

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