Cars need maintenance all year-round, but no season is harsher to cars than winter. The cold of winter is uncomfortable to us and unideal for the machinery, the roads are dangerously slippery, and visibility is as poor as it gets.

Fortunately, you can follow these winter service tips to make winter driving as safe-and as bearable-as possible:

  • If you haven't already done so in the last 3,000 miles, get your oil and oil filter changed.
  • Check the tire tread using the penny test. If the tread is severely worn, get a new set of tires as soon as possible.
  • In a state that gets as cold and wet as Pennsylvania, we strongly recommend getting a set of winter tires for the season.
  • Check tire pressures every week. They vary in the winter more than at any other time of the year.
  • Check the brakes, including pads, rotors, and calipers. They are the most important safety feature in your vehicle.
  • Check the wipers. Windshields get covered in all kinds of junk during the winter and you'll need the wipers in top condition. Consider winter wiper blades and cold weather washer fluid.
  • Clean, flush, and add new antifreeze to the cooling system. This will ensure that the water in the cooling system doesn't freeze when it gets below zero.
  • Check the heaters and defrosters. The only thing worse than freezing inside your own car is being unable to see out the windshield because it is covered in frost.
  • Check the battery. It can be especially susceptible to cold. The last thing you want is to get into your car when it is freezing out, only to hear the battery go click click when you turn the key in the ignition.

If you have any other questions regarding winter service tips, stop by Griffin Kia and we'll be happy to help you!