Get Your Car Ready for Winter

The winter can take a toll on your vehicle, and being prepared for cold temps and snowy conditions can make all the difference between safe travels and being stranded by the roadside. Here’s what you need to do to ensure that your car is in tip-top shape for the long months ahead.

Test defroster and heater

A lack of heat in the car isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s potentially dangerous. Before winter officially arrives, test your car’s heating system to make sure it works and your defrosters to makes sure they’re doing their jobs. If you notice any issues, bring your ride into Dave Smith Ford and we’ll diagnose the problem.

Check tires

Colder temperatures can cause the air inside your car’s tires to expand and contract. Because improperly inflated tires will not perform well, it’s extremely important to regularly monitor your car’s tires during the winter months. It’s also a great idea to install a dedicated set of special winter tires that offer better performance in cold weather. Swapping winter tires for your all-seasons will help extend their life and save you some money in the long run.  

Keep gas tank full

It’s always a good practice to keep your car’s gas tank as full as possible, but this is an especially good habit in winter. Cold weather can freeze condensation that forms in an empty gas tank or gas lines, leading to performance issues.

For all of your winter maintenance needs, stop into Dave Smith Ford.


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