This time of year we are all getting ready for winter. But what about our cars, what can we do to protect these valuable and necessary possessions from the ravages of winter driving? Well, it turn out that there are many things we can do at our auto shop in Forest Park, Russo’s Auto Service, to get the car ready for winter.
The highly trained and experienced team of certified auto mechanics at our auto shop in Forest Park start by thoroughly inspecting your car to make sure that all the vital components are up to the challenge of winter driving. The extreme cold and ice can put extra pressure on many of a car’s vital system including, brakes, tires, battery, suspension, steering among others, so making sure that these are functioning well before the weather turns bad is essential. Winterizing a car includes refilling or replacing many of the car’s fluids, our mechanics will make sure the car’s coolant is the right type for the cold winter and will often recommend switching to a lighter oil that will stand up better to Illinois’ sub-freezing temperatures. We will also make sure that proper wiper fluids are used. One important component to check thoroughly this time of year is your car’s battery. The cold weather not only makes it harder to start your car but also diminishes the capacity of your battery. Our staff will test your battery to measure its capacity as well as clean all the terminals and cables as well as making sure that their contact is solid.
Perhaps the most important component of your car that may need attention prior to the onset of winter is its tires. Our auto shop in Forest Park will inspect your tires looking for signs of wear, making sure they are properly mounted, aligned and inflated. Our staff often recommends the use of snow tires for maneuvering on the snow and ice; these tires offer much better traction than summer tires. We recommend replacing all four tires with snow tires for an even ride and stopping power. A good alternative to snow tires is all-weather tires, which are used all year round but are not as effective in the snow and ice as winter tires. Bring your car to our shop and we’ll get it ready to go wherever you want all winter long.