Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Maryland Winter

Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Maryland Winter

Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Maryland Winter

Written by Len Stoler CDJR

We all know Maryland weather can get pretty severe during the winter, and what’s worse is that it’s also unpredictable! The more the snow falls, the less comfortable people get taking their cars on the icy roads! Luckily, our experts here at Len Stoler CDJR in Maryland have some great tips to help keep your car in tip-top shape for the winter, whether you are still driving it regularly, or use it quite infrequently.  Keep reading below to see what our technicians suggest you do to get your vehicle ready for the inclement weather, and what you can do all winter long to keep it up and running!

Check Your Tires

One of the reasons so many of us stay off of the road during the snowy weather is due to snowy and icy conditions causing a problem with car handling.  Your tires play a big part in how your vehicle performs on the icy roads and can be very dangerous if the tread is too worn, or the pressure is too low.  The easiest way to check if your tires need to be replaced due to lack of tread is by using a penny! Stick a penny into your tire grooves and check to see where Lincoln’s head lies. If you can see most all of his head, you’ll want to get new tires at any time of the year, but especially for the winter. To check the pressure on your tires, you’ll first want to take a quick peek at the correct tire pressure for your vehicle on the sticker just inside your driverside door.  You can add air at many gas stations now, but if you are unsure of how to put the correct amount in, or would rather bring it in, that’s no problem! At Len Stoler CDJR, we are happy to help with anything you need to get your car winter-ready.

Test Your Brakes

Like most vehicle parts, brakes have a lifespan that is contingent on how often they are used. Traffic in the summer can be heavy, and with all the stop and go your brakes can take a real hit.  It’s important your brakes are working properly during winter, and also year-round! To see if your brakes may present a problem on the slippery surface of the snowy roads this winter, gently apply pressure while coming to a stop. If you hear or feel metal grinding on metal, it’s time to bring your vehicle in for a quick check-up on the brakes! We will give the whole system a thorough look, from brake pads to rotors and everything in between!

Windshield Wiper Wear and Tear

As the snow begins to fall, it’s important to make sure you have properly working windshield wipers to keep your visibility at maximum capacity while on the road.  If you are noticing streaks across your windshield, or cracks in the rubber on your wipers, it’s time for new wipers! Another clue you need to start thinking about new wiper blades is when you start hearing a high pitch squeak as the blades make their way across the windshield, and of course, if they aren’t sliding across with ease but doing more of a repeated jump across, bring your vehicle into Len Stoler CDJR and let us have a look at what’s going on. Chances are if any of these problems are happening, you’ll need to replace the wiper blades, but don’t worry! It’s an easy fix for our service techs, and we will have you back out on the road in no time!

Get your Battery Checked

It’s a great idea to have your battery checked every couple of months, especially if you are having trouble starting up your car and it takes 2-3 times before the engine turns over.  If this is happening to you, you want to get your battery checked! The life span of a car battery depends on many things, but during the winter the cold temperatures can alter the chemical balance of the liquid that makes your battery run smoothly and can be causing even more trouble starting up your vehicle. If you don’t know how to flush out the fluids and need help knowing what to look for to keep your battery’s health at 100%, bring your car down to our service station! We will happily take a look at it for you, and make sure you can tackle these winter roads safely.

Get your Vehicle Serviced for Winter at Len Stoler CDJR

If you are someone who drives your car frequently in the winter, bring it down to Len Stoler CDJR for a quick check-up and a clean bill of health before the winter weather takes over! Even if you are someone who puts your vehicle away for the winter, it’s a good idea to make sure all of the parts are working, and that you run the engine for a couple of minutes each day to keep the battery from dying through the colder months. Whatever you need help while getting your vehicle ready to brave the winter, at Len Stoler CDJR we have an amazing team ready to help you out!