Hertrich's recommends you look at 11 important items to help keep the cold on the outside. Review our list and if you still have questions, schedule an appointment today.
Windshield wipers and washer fluid
Blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.
Consider installing winter wiper blades
Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solutions that have antifreeze components
Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems
Check tire inflation pressure on all four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter.
Tire pressures drop in the cold- typically by one PSI for every 10 F.
In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth.
Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician.
Make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight.
Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 5050 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level annually.
Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib serpentine belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear replace these belts at 60,000 mile intervals.
Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or have an excessively spongy feeling.
Check the engine air filter.
Check the operation of all headlights, tail-lights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
If there is any indication of a brake problem, have the system inspected by a certified technician to ensure all components are in good working order.
Transmission, Brake And Power Steering Fluids
Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
Emergency Road Kit
Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. Be sure to should include:
Mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services and car charger.
Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter or traction mats)