Winter Car Care Tips | Hendersonville NC | Near Asheville, Canton & Greenville

Winter Car Care Tips in Hendersonville, NC

During the colder months, your vehicle needs additional care that doesn't always apply during the warmer time of the year. Fluids such as coolant should be filled to the proper levels, and it's important to ensure your defrosting system is working properly – just to name a couple of vital components that need maintenance during the winter but don't need as much care during summer. Here at Hunter Volvo, we want to make sure you don't find yourself stranded in the cold, so we've made this list of tips to help you save time and money.

5 Types of Winter Car Care

Battery

It's a good idea to make sure your car's battery is in good shape for the winter months, as a bad battery may leave you stranded if it dies. Having a volt test performed on the battery will give you peace of mind or let you know that the battery needs replacing.

Gasoline

It's also smart to keep your fuel tank relatively full, as it will help you for a couple reasons. One, a full tank will keep water from freezing inside the fuel pump. Two, it can help you stay warm by allowing the engine to run in case you ever get stuck somewhere.

Coolant

Coolant keeps the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, so it's a vital component. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Tires specifically made for colder months stay more flexible, which can supply better traction when you need to stop on cold pavement (even in the absence of snow). Plus, tires can lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your vehicle is less predictable when its tires aren't inflated enough, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.

Defroster

Don't want to be scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is working properly.

Plus...

We also advise that everyone has some type of survival kit in their car in the event of an emergency. While this isn't so much a car care tip as a tip to keep you prepared, it can make a huge difference if you ever end up stranded. Everyone should consider having a survival kit, especially if you travel through rural areas frequently – or if you live in a rural area. Your kit should include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a portable cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Hunter Volvo at 2520 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Hendersonville, NC, and throughout Asheville, Canton and Greenville.

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