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Winter Vehicle Maintenance

Winter brings harsh weather, including rain and snow, and making sure your vehicle is prepared for the weather changes will help you stay safe on the road. 

Here are some of the top maintenance items to make sure your car has this winter:

Flush or Top-Off All Fluids

This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly. 

Inspect Hoses and Belts

All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle. 

Test the Charge of the Battery

A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly. Batteries usually need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Have your battery tested for charge to make sure it's in good condition and that the battery is free from corrosion. 

Inspect the Brake System

Brakes should always be inspected regularly. Check brake rotors, pads, fluids, and connecting parts. 

Inspect the Exhaust System 

The exhaust system should be checked for any leaks or obvious damage to parts. An exhaust system problem can be dangerous for passengers due to harmful emissions. 

Inspect the Engine

The engine should be checked for emissions and fuel efficiency. All parts should also be inspected to check for corrosion or damage.  

Test the HVAC Systems

The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning should be checked. The A/C and heat will ensure your comfort and checking defrosting systems will make sure your vehicle is safe for the winter.

Check Steering and Suspension System

The shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components should be inspected. This will make sure that your vehicle can be handled safely throughout the winter. 

Inspect your Tires

A very important measure for winter is to check your tires. They should have good tread and the tire pressure should be accurate to make sure you avoid hydroplaning or blown out tires. 


Replace Windshield Wipers and Check Headlights 

Wipers usually need to be replaced every year. Make sure you have properly working wipers and that all exterior lights are working well and are bright and clear. 


If your vehicle is due for any of the services above, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Bill’s Auto Service & Towing. We want to make sure you stay safe this winter!

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