Like many Grand Rapids locals, you're probably concerned about the upcoming challenges of winter driving. The good news is that the right maintenance can ensure optimal handling, performance, and control, even when Michigan weather throws its worst your way. At Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Grandville, we want to share the top five tips for winterizing your car, truck, or SUV ahead of the cold season in Grandville.

  • Have Your Engine Oil Changed Over To One With a Winter-Appropriate Viscosity: Cold temperatures cause engine oil to thicken. This makes it essential to have an oil with the right viscosity for winter before any significant temperature drops occur. Doing so is the best way to ensure that your engine is properly lubricated and that you get smooth, efficient functioning all winter long. Old, dirty oil filters are far more brittle than new ones. If you don't have your car's oil filter changed ahead of winter, this component could develop cracks and other damages that might lead to serious engine problems. We'll help you get the perfect oil for your vehicle and the Wyoming, MI climate, and we'll make sure that your oil filter is fresh and winter-ready too.
  • Have Your Battery Checked and Changed as Needed: Cold weather can also take a toll on your vehicle's battery. Frosty temperatures impact the cranking amps on auto batteries, and old batteries are less likely to stand up to this extra winter stress. If your battery is already nearing the end of its lifespan, having it changed out now will prevent total failure. When we perform your winterization service, we'll make sure that your battery is ready for the challenges ahead, and that all battery connections are clean and free of corrosion.
  • Update Your Lights and Your Wipers: Whether driving to or from work, you want to be sure that other motorists can see you. We can replace any bulbs that have either burned out or are on their way. This way, your headlights, taillights, fog lights, and turn signals will work reliably. You also want to have your wiper blades checked, even if you haven't used them for a while. Warm summer temperatures and ongoing exposure to UV rays can make wiper blades dry, brittle, warped, and cracked. Having a fresh pair installed will keep your windshield clean and free of messy streaks. If you want to upgrade to heated wiper blades, we have an extensive selection of innovative wintertime accessories to choose from.
  • Deal With Squeaky and Underperforming Brakes: Don't take any chances with noisy brakes that are slow to respond. Slick, snow-covered roads and ice coatings will already increase your stopping distance. Whether you need new brake pads, new rotors, or just a full-on brake inspection, we can help. With well-maintained brakes, you'll be able to negotiate icy roads with confidence and peace of mind.
  • Have Your Winter Tires Or Winter Tire Accessories Installed: Have your snow tires installed for reliable handling and control. We can also put on your snow socks, snow chains, or other winter tire accessories. With the right set-up, your tires will be able to bite into snow coverings and ice for more traction. More importantly, you'll have the benefit of shorter stopping distances and a far lower likelihood of sliding, hydroplaning, or spinning.

Grandville Customers Should Visit Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Grandville Today!

Being diligent about maintaining your vehicle is important throughout the year. Just ahead of winter, however, your auto requires extra TLC. This will prepare it for the temperature-related challenges that Michigan winters are guaranteed to bring. It will also make it infinitely easier for you to get everywhere you need to go safely. Whether you're in Kentwood, MI or Holland, MI, come see us at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Grandville today.

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