It’s getting colder here in Iowa every day, and December means it’s wintertime once again. As the snow rolls in and temperatures continue to drop, your vehicle must be ready for the change in seasons. To ensure your sedan, truck, or SUV can withstand the chill, here are some important winter car care tips from the service experts at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.
Get an oil change
Regardless of which season it is, changing the engine oil two or three times every year is crucial for your vehicle’s performance. Clean engine oil will help the motor run smoothly even when the temperatures are sub-freezing.
Maintain the headlights and wipers
Visibility can be bad in Iowa during winter, especially when a thick snowstorm rolls through. You’re going to rely more heavily on your car’s lights and wipers to see this season than during other times in the year. So, make sure all the lamps are shining brightly and the wipers aren’t deteriorating or leaving streaks.
Check the battery
Your car’s battery can lose its charge during winter due to the cold temperatures — especially if you park it outside instead of in a garage. You don’t want to be stranded near Spirit Lake with a car that won’t start. Invest in a battery warmer to keep it from losing its charge. If the battery is four years old or more, it may be wise to buy a new battery before the old one fails you.
If your car isn’t ready for winter yet, make sure you schedule an appointment with Motor Inn of Spirit Lake right away. Our service experts will make sure your vehicle is ready for the coldest months of the year.