Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

Minit-Tune & Brake| Friday, February 09, 2018

Winter is already here, which means it is time for your vehicle’s seasonal tune-up. After all, you tune-up your home’s air conditioner for summer, and the furnace in the winter. In much the same way, it is important to also tune-up your vehicle for the harsh conditions of winter.

Doing so might save you thousands in repairs, and of course the hassle of a breakdown during the holiday season.

What Does a Tune-Up Do for Your Vehicle?

Regular tune-ups on your vehicle’s engine improve efficiency and power. During your tune-up, your technician will visually inspect the vehicle’s components, install new parts, and clean up dirt and debris to help improve gas mileage.

Tune-ups are relatively inexpensive when you consider the savings they give you year-round. From saving at the pump to avoiding the hassles of an unexpected breakdown, they are more than worth the money.

Here is what you can expect during a tune-up:

  • Battery: Car batteries tend to die out in the cold temperatures of winter, so making sure your battery is ready for winter this year is essential. Your connections are cleaned, any corrosion removed, and battery performance and levels checked.
  • Brakes: You need your brakes primed and ready for winter, so ensuring wear is even, brake pads are adequate, and all fluids are topped off will ensure your safety.
  • Engine: A pre-diagnostic check for winter includes replacing spark plugs, checking for pressure leaks, examining wiring, and making sure your engine is efficient, clean, and ready for the demands of winter.
  • Exhaust: Exhaust systems can be sources of excessive pollution if they are not properly maintained. Checking for carbon monoxide leaks and other hazards is critical during a tune-up.
  • Heaters and Defrosters: You do not want to be driving in winter when your defroster decides to stop working. That is why it is essential that you have your defroster inspected to make sure it is working. Have your wiper blades replaced if they are no longer working optimally.
  • Tires: Inspect your tires for proper tread and have your seasonal tires changed. Install winter tires and ensure proper air inflation for traction.
  • Oil Change: An essential part of your winter tune-up is the oil change and filter check. Dirty oil only decreases efficiency; therefore, starting the season off with an engine that is clean, well lubricated, and ready to run, is ideal for your vehicle.

Bring in Your Vehicle for a Full-Tune Up and Auto Repair in B.C.

When you work alongside the technicians at Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres, we help prepare your vehicle for any season. Our winter and fall tune-ups make sure your car will be dependable, warm, and efficient, regardless of the wintry conditions outside.

Come in to one of our auto repair shops near you for a timely fall and winter tune-up. For questions about auto repairs in Vancouver and its surrounding cities, or our comprehensive list of services, contact a centre in your area.

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