Jim’s Winter Blog
Posted on October 11,18 by cccadmin
Get Winter Ready!
Every year, your vehicle needs to be ready for our Colorado winter. The last thing we want is to get stranded out in the cold in Colorado. We need our vehicles to be safe and reliable. It’s a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime – but the stakes are higher in the winter.
There are some specific and necessary things that we need to do to have our vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze protection is not set correctly it can’t adequately protect your engine, radiator, and hoses from freezing. If your vehicle does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Jim’s Automotive Service. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.
In the cold Colorado rainy months, we always worry about being able to stop in time when it’s slick out on area roads. The first thing for Glenwood Springs drivers to remember is to slow down and allow plenty of room to stop. A thorough brake inspection at Jim’s Automotive Service will reveal if the pads or any other parts need replacing. Check with your Jim’s Automotive Service service advisor to see if it is time to replace your brake fluid. It accumulates water over time which really messes with your stopping power.
It is also advisable to have your battery tested. A battery’s cranking power really drops with the temperature. If your battery is weak in the fall, it may not be up to winter.
You should always have a blanket or something to keep you and your passengers warm if you get stranded when it’s cold. If you will be leaving the Glenwood Springs area and venturing away from civilization, pack more items such as food and water to help you survive. Keeping at least half a tank of gas is a good idea if you get stuck and need to run the vehicle to keep warm, and it will help keep your gas lines from freezing up.
It’s a really good idea for drivers to replace their wiper blades in the fall before winter storms. If you live where there’s a lot of snow and ice, you might want a special winter blade that resists freezing up. And be sure to have enough windshield washer fluid.
The final thing to consider is tires. Any tire can lose pressure over time – up to one pound every six or eight weeks. For every 10 degrees F/5.6 degrees C, the temperature drops in Glenwood Springs, you lose another pound of pressure. So if it was 80°F/26.7°C outside in Glenwood Springs when you checked your tire pressure two months ago and now it’s 40°F/4.4°C, you could be down 5 pounds of pressure. That’s enough to be a safety issue and it’s also hard on your fuel economy. You may need special winter tires as well. Your Jim’s Automotive Service tire professional can help you find the right tire design for your Glenwood Springs expected road conditions.
If you’re getting winter tires in Glenwood Springs, it is always best to put them on all four wheels. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable Jim’s Automotive Service service adviser.
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