Let’s face the facts. Driving in Northbrook, IL in the winter isn’t a lot of fun. Temperatures are often below freezing, snow seems to stick around until May, and roads can be tricky to navigate safely. All of these factors can have an impact on your car, truck, or SUV, but the team at the Northbrook Toyota auto service center has advice on how to keep your vehicle protected and functioning at peak performance until the weather starts to warm up.

  • Check Your Battery: Cold weather makes the chemical reactions that occur in your car’s battery slower, and it is possible for a battery to lose its charge just by sitting in the cold. Your engine also requires more current to start in cold conditions. Less power plus greater current necessary takes its toll on your battery. Have a technician run a battery load test to see if your battery needs to be replaced.
  • Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure: Cold weather also reduces air pressure in tires. For every 10-degrees the temperature drops, your tires lose about 1 PSI. Properly inflated tires maintain grip and contact with the road, even in cold weather. Improperly inflated tires are more likely to puncture and can also reduce fuel efficiency.
  • Replace Worn Wiper Blades and Refill Wiper Fluid: Visibility is more important in the winter months than any other season. Having reliable wiper blades and sufficient wiper fluid ensures you’ll be able to see clearly even if the salty roads and ice try to make it tough.

Do you have any questions or concerns about winter auto maintenance? Get in touch with an expert at the Northbrook Toyota auto service center through our contact form to get more information on winter vehicle protection, and keep your car functioning properly even with the cold and ice. Is it time for your Toyota to get back on its maintenance schedule? Make an appointment with our online scheduling tool to keep your Toyota running at peak performance.

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