How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

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Is your car ready for winter? With these recommended steps from Ken Pollock Mitsubishi you can be sure that your vehicle is set to face the cold season.

Replace Your Wiper Blades

When the snow is really coming down, you’d better hope that your windshield wipers are up to the task. Ensure clear visibility all winter long by changing your wiper blades before the season begins.

Get an Oil Change

You should be getting oil changes regularly in accordance with the recommended mileage in your owner’s manual. Don’t hesitate to get one done before winter arrives to be sure your engine is running its best. It’s also a great opportunity for you to have your car looked at by a professional to be sure everything is in good condition and set for the season.

Check Your Tires

The roads in Pennsylvania will no doubt be slippery with ice and snow during the winter. For the best traction and most control over your car, you need to be sure that your tires are in good condition. Take a look at the tread to make sure it’s not too worn down and check your tires’ air pressure. Keeping your tires in good shape throughout the winter is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take towards safe winter driving.

How to Prepare Your Car for Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler, it will start to feel more and more like autumn. Before the colorful leaves start arriving, you need to properly prepare your car for fall. Here are a few suggestions to ensure your vehicle is ready.

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  • Check your tires. Wet leaves on the road can lead to slick conditions. Make sure the tires have enough tread to properly grip the road.
  • Turn on the heat. Before the temperatures drop too low, turn on your heater to make sure everything works.
  • Get new wipers. Your windshield wiper blades should be replaced every 6-12 months. If your wipers are leaving streaks or the rubber is cracked, it is time for a new set.
  • Inspect your lights. Check all of the vehicle’s exterior lights. Replace any broken bulbs and make sure they are all angled correctly.
  • Inspect your battery. A weak battery will fail when it starts to get really cold. Look for any corrosion; clean off the terminals. If your battery doesn’t have enough power, get a new one.

If you need help getting your car ready for fall, schedule a service appointment here at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi; we will make sure you are good to go.

Preparing for Your Road Trip

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A summer vacation usually means some kind of road trip to your destination. No matter where you’re going, there are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road.

Avoid Fatigue

Make sure you are well-rested and eat something before you get on the road. If you do find yourself tired, pull over and stretch your legs. Don’t try to battle fatigue by driving through it. Drivers who are absurdly tired should put the seat back and take a nap for an hour or so. A cool drink or caffeinated beverage can help you stay awake too. And having a snack certainly never hurts!

Keep Track of Kids

A long road trip can be tiring, but you should never leave your kids in a locked car under any circumstances. Even if the windows are down or air conditioning is on, a child’s body heats up faster than an adults. Before you leave, make a plan for how you are going to manage the kids during stops. Make a note or some kind of reminder to check the backseat before you go inside too. The last thing you need is to run a child to the emergency room due to heatstroke.

Maintenance

Having your car professionally serviced prior to a road trip can significantly reduce the amount of mechanical problems you encounter on the road. All drivers should have their cars serviced, even if they keep up with routine maintenance. Check your owner’s manual for routine maintenance required by your car.

At Ken Pollock Mitsubishi, we are happy to help you with any of your pre-road trip service needs. Stop by today for a regular maintenance check!