Is your Car Ready For the Winter?
With the winter season quickly approaching the time to get your vehicle ready for the cold months will be upon us before we know it. With every vehicle there are numerous things to keep in mind when winterizing, such as your exhaust, brakes, battery, tires, cooling system, and oil. With that in mind, here’s some advice on what to think about when you’re getting your car ready for another season of cold.
A VERY important item for the winter. If your brakes are wearing out parts of your ABS (anti-lock braking) system may not be working properly. This can cause dangerous conditions in the snow. We do free brake estimates at Lou’s so we are the best place to come to find out if you need work or not. Our repair prices are highly competetive on braking systems
I know some of you are reading this and saying “What does my exhaust have to do with driving in the winter?” Normally the exhaust isn’t an issue but if for some reason you get stranded out in the cold and the snow with only your car to keep you warm an exhaust leak will all of a sudden become very noticeable. You don’t want to be in a bad situation and not be able to run your car for heat due to an exhaust leak so come on in to any Lou’s location for a free exhaust inspection.
As the only part of your car that actually touches the road, making sure that your tires are ready for the winter season is probably the first and most important thing to take into account when winterizing your vehicle. While making sure that your tires are rotated and aligned is important, checking the tread on your tires is probably the first thing that should be checked on your new and used cars.
If getting your car to your local car dealership isn’t a viable option, then an easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take a penny and insert it into the most worn section of your tired tread. If you are able to see Mr. Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to get your tires replaced, preferably before there’s snow on the ground. Depending on the region you live in, then checking the tread on your tires might not be enough, and you may need snow tires to make it through the winter. Figure out which option will best suit your needs and make sure that you have everything taken care of before the first flakes of snow fall.
Getting your tires checked out is easily the simplest and most important thing you can do to make sure that your care is ready for the winter season…but it’s not the only thing.
At Lou’s we can check your tread, check your tire pressures, rotate your tires, and check your braking system too.
Ok, with winter on its way it seems counter-productive to be thinking of your cooling system, but your cooling system is also what houses your anti-freeze, which is very important to making it through this winter. While you should change out the anti-freeze in your car every two years, it’s always a good idea to have it checked before the start of every winter. Swinging by any Lou’s Custom Exhaust location is a quick way to have your anti-freeze levels checked and make sure that you won’t have to worry about your car freezing up.
With having your anti-freeze checked, it’s not a bad idea to pour one of many anti-freezing chemicals that are designed for your fuel lines. This can help to prevent any moisture that’s in your fuel line from freezing up and preventing your car from starting or damaging the fuel lines which can add up to costly repairs.
Make sure that your battery’s terminals are clean and tight, ensuring a good connection for your electrical systems. Getting the charge checked on your battery before the bad weather hits is a good way to make sure that you won’t have to have your care jumped in three feet of snow.
We can clean your terminals at Lou’s and get replacement batteries for you if your battery has been getting weak.
Heater and Defroster:
Make sure that your heater and defroster work before the winter hits. Not only is this important for your own comfort inside of the car, but it’s important for ensuring that you’ll have good visibility through your windows.
If you don’t already have an emergency bad weather kit in your car, now is a good time to make one. A warm blanket, jumper cables, an ice scraper, de-icer, rock salt or sand, a tire inflator, a flashlight, and a few snacks are essential parts to any snow emergency kit. If you already have one, check to make sure that everything in there is still in good shape and easily accessible. If for some reason you do have car troubles and are stranded you’ll want these things to help make it until help arrives.
Getting your car ready for the winter season doesn’t have to take long, but not getting it done can cost you a lot of money when you have to get these things repaired in the middle of the winter season or when you’re forced to buy a new car after your current vehicle is damaged beyond repair. Save yourself some time, money, and protect your safety by getting your car checked out for free at Lou’s and ready for the winter season as soon as possible.
We do free brake inspections at all 4 of our locations (Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy, and Westport). Routine inspections keep your vehicle stopping safer, longer. How often you have to change your brakes depends on a lot of things driving conditions, rotor thickness, quality of brake pads, and more. A routine brake inspection makes certain that your braking system is safe.
Our hours are Monday – Saturday from 8:30am-5:30pm. Swing by anytime and our professional technicians will visually assess your brakes to determine if any service or repairs are needed.
A few signs your brakes might need service or replacement:
- Brake pedal is low or spongy (goes to the floor when pressed)
- Brake pedal is hard to depress (won’t go down at all)
- Brake service warning light stays lit at all times
- Squealing or grinding at stop
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please bring your vehicle in for a free brake inspection. If our technicians find your brakes need attention we can usually fix it the same day!