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Vehicle Winterization Services

Winter is coming.

It’s about time to make sure your car is ready. Wisconsin cold can expose your car’s issues and have you feeling every bit of it on - or on the side - of the road. Here’s Ravenswood’s guide to winterizing your vehicle.

1. Be sure to have your car serviced for winter conditions.

Winter presents a new set of demands for your vehicle. If these aren’t checked, it could be a brutal challenge:

  • Battery - Your battery’s performance is hindered in cold temperatures and it will take more power to start your car. If you’ve been having battery problems during summer and fall, your chances of having breakdowns is almost certain. Batteries at or above 600 CCA are ideal for winter performance.

  • Cooling system - Lower temperatures means you might need an updated ratio of antifreeze to water in your cooling system. Ask one of our technicians what the best ratio is for your vehicle and we’ll help ensure corrosion and freezing don’t occur.

  •  Brakes - The winter cold doesn’t necessarily affect the performance of your brakes, but snow, ice, and slush will certainly expose any inadequacies. It’s always best to have them inspected.

2. Winter tires.

All-season tires will work in winter conditions, so having winter tires is not a necessity. But in the Wisconsin cold, the rubber compounds in all-season tires will harden up and decrease their ability to grip the road. Winter tires are designed to remain soft. Again, it’s not a necessity, but it is the safest choice.

 3. Maintain tire pressure.

Tire pressure is most affected in the cold and will fluctuate more in winter months. Be sure to keep an eye on it and have your tires refilled whenever necessary. Many newer cars will have sensors that show you what the pressure is for each tire, and you can find the ideal pressure on the tire placard or in your car’s owner’s manual.

 4. Install winter windshield wipers.

Winter wipers prevent ice from accumulating on them and are therefore more effective in the snow. Just remember to trade them out for normal wipers in the spring, as they’re heavier and move slower, which can be ineffective in rainstorms.

5. Keep your washer fluid full.

You go through more washer fluid than you might expect during winter. Make sure the washer reservoir is always full - it will greatly improve your visibility in heavy snowstorms. Also make sure to have antifreeze in your washer fluid.

6. Always keep your gas tank at least half full.

A full tank will reduce condensation which can lead to gas line freezing. Not to mention your engine can’t keep you warm without gas if you ever get stuck or stranded.

Ravenswood Auto Repair

If you’re looking to get your car ready for winter, call or contact Ravenswood Auto in New Berlin to schedule a winterization service. We provide the best advice, the best service, and the best prices. Stay safe this winter!

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