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Winter Car Care and Routine Maintenance Tips for Safety on the Snowy Traverse City Roads

We all know what happens in the Cherry Capital when Winter arrives…snow, ice, bitter cold temperatures, and wind! These elements can make the road hard to drive on, especially if your car isn't in tip-top shape to begin with. It's our goal to help you prepare for the season with Winter Car Care and Routine Maintenance tips for safety on the snowy Traverse City roads! Scrolling through the information below will provide you with tips on how to care for your car in preparation for the season, and will help you to prioritize these services for your safety. Most of these inspections or services can be done at your next oil change at Serra of Traverse City! Continue reading for more information.

Winter Tires and Tire Maintenance for Traction Where You Need It

You might know already that your tires are one of the most important components on your vehicle! The snow and ice that Winter undoubtedly brings about in Northern Michigan makes regular tire maintenance even more important. Whether you choose to have snow tires put on your car or not, we can run a simple tire inspection at Serra of Traverse City on any make or model. Looking at your tire’s tread level, air pressure, and current tread wear will determine the health and overall safety of your tires. For any tire needs you might have, you can rely on Serra Traverse City for Certified and timely service as well as a large and affordable selection of new tires!

Battery Inspections for Confident Car Starts in Cold Winter Temperatures

Winter can be downright cold in Traverse City! This cold weather can take a toll on your battery’s performance, especially if your car sits outside and your battery isn't in the greatest shape to begin with. A car battery will usually last 3-5 years, depending on use. When it's cold outside, your car's motor and accessories will require more amperage to get going and will draw more heavily from the battery. Your battery, if not in good condition, might be sluggish when starting your car, which is a warning sign that you need a replacement. We can easily run a quick and safe inspection of your car, truck, crossover, SUV, or van’s battery at Serra Traverse City to determine its health. We'll also look for any swelling on the battery casing, the battery light on your dashboard, and any visible corrosion on the terminals.

Have Your Brakes Inspected or Repaired for Stopping Power in the Snow

Your brakes, like your tires, play a critical role in your safety on the road, especially in the snow and ice. The Winter roads in Northern Michigan can be slick and dangerous for any driver. When it comes to stopping on the snowy roads, you'll want to be equipped with reliable braking power. Even if your brakes are stopping your vehicle without any warning signs, you should still have them inspected before the start of the season. We'd be happy to do so at your next oil change at Serra in the Cherry Capital! To keep your brakes in good shape during the season, make sure to regularly wash your car to rid of the road salt, which can cause rusting, and look out for any of the warning signs mentioned on our routine brake maintenance page!

Get an Oil Change for a Well Running Car in Any Weather

How important is an oil change for the Winter season? More important than you might think! Because of the cold temperatures, the oil in your car can act like thick maple syrup and will make your car work harder to run. Additionally, your oil will be less able to fluidly move through your vehicle if it's already "old". Over time, your oil collects debris to protect your engine's components but eventually there will be too much grit for your oil to work efficiently. When the oil on your dipstick looks black and gritty is the time to have it changed – this is typically 3,000-5,000 miles. With a simple oil change at Serra in Traverse City, your car will be ready to run in the coldest weather! You can conveniently schedule your oil change online.

Have Your Wiper Blades Replaced for Clarity on the Road

The Winter weather can bring about a not-so-clear view of the road. The falling snow, fog on your windows, and the everlasting ice on your windshield all make it hard to see what's ahead. You can be the most prepared for these situations with a fresh set of wiper blades! When you go to clear your window, do you see streaks? It might be time to replace your wiper blades and fill up your tank of washer fluid so you can effectively clear your view. Typically, wiper blades only last about 6 months with regular to moderate use. You can test the health of your wiper blades by spraying washer fluid and looking for streaking or squeaking, then by visually inspecting your blades for any visible damage. The replacement service is inexpensive and can be done quickly, so don't hesitate to stop by!

Schedule Winter Car Care and Auto Service Online at Serra of Traverse City

We know the Winter season can be rough in Northern Michigan, especially when it comes to driving, but we're here to help! Whether you need your car serviced before the season begins or you need collision repair after something happens on the road, Serra Traverse City is here to serve you with professional and timely auto service. Our team of technicians is factory trained and able to service any make and model you drive including Audi, Cadillac, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. You can conveniently schedule Winter Car Care and other auto services at Serra of Traverse City online or by giving us a call at 231-947-9000 for our Cadillac/Subaru Campus at 1747 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 or 231-946-5540 for our Toyota/Audi/VW/Nissan/Volvo Campus at 1301 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686. We're happy to serve our neighbors in Elmwood Charter Twp, Garfield Twp, Mayfield, Bingham, Williamsburg, and beyond!