Get Your Car Ready For Cold Weather With These Three Services

Car tires on winter road covered with snow.

The cold temperatures of winter can be tough to deal with, especially when it comes to your car.

Colder temperatures make it more difficult for your car’s engine to function, can thicken and seize up liquids, and make the roads much more hazardous. If you don’t take care of your vehicle now, you could easily find yourself stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck to bring you to safety. Luckily, you can easily avoid these potential issues by taking your car or truck into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today. Our team of expert and certified service technicians will help you get all the mechanical projects you need done in one quick visit so you can get back on the road in no time at all. Here are three quick services you should take care of before winter weather sets in.

Change Your Oil

We recommend that you get your oil changed every 3-6,000 miles, though depending on your usage, age, and model of your vehicle, you may need to change your oil more frequently. At the very least, you should have your oil changed twice a year. We recommend changing your oil once in the fall and again in the spring, as this will help your engine run smoothly through the harsh temperatures of both winter and summer. Your engine oil helps lubricate the moving parts of your engine, ensuring that no moving parts collide and that your engine does not overheat. If you leave your oil sitting in your engine for too long it will begin to thicken and eventually will turn into a thick sludge. This sludge will reduce your engine’s efficiency, make your vehicle less fuel-efficient, and can even cause massive engine failure. It is extremely important that you follow the recommended schedule for your oil changes. Our team will make sure that you know exactly how long you can go between oil changes to keep your vehicle running as smoothly as the day you bought it.

Inspect Your Heating System

No one likes getting into their car on a cold winter morning only for it to take your whole commute just for your car to start feeling warm. As we head into the coldest months of the year, you need to take the time to have your heating system inspected. On older vehicles, heating systems were simple mechanical systems that turned on and off with the turn of a nob. Nowadays, most heating systems are fully controlled and adjusted by computers, making them a bit more complicated but a lot more functional. Each and every one of our shops is fully equipped with the latest technology to quickly and easily interface with your car’s computers to find and resolve any problems.

Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires

If you live in an area that gets snow in the winter, you know how important having the proper tires is. Snow tires are built from a more flexible material with specialized treads to allow for proper grip on the road even in the iciest conditions. If you live in an area that doesn’t get much snowfall, all-season tires will be much more functional, as the soft material of snow tires will break down and rip if driven on warm pavement. Luckily, you don’t have to make the decision between the two, as our expert staff will help you find the perfect tires for your vehicle.

You can easily get all of these services done and much more right here at one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers. Come in today to let our helpful and friendly teams help you get your vehicle ready for winter.