Winter Maintenance Tips

Ram Country Del Rio Winter Maintenance Tips

Winter Car Care in Southwest Texas

A Texas winter may not bring the brutally chilly temperatures of the upper midwest and northeast United States, but it is still a drastic change for your automobile. Before cold weather arrives, you need to prepare your vehicle. At Ram Country Chrysler Jeep® Dodge FIAT® of Del Rio, we are ready to help with various services to meet your winterization needs. We serve Del Rio, Cienegas Terrace, Val Verde Park, Laughlin AFB, and the surrounding areas.

How are the Tires?

Did you know cold weather can lead to your tire inflation pressure dropping? A good rule of the thumb is the loss of 1 PSI, or pound per square inch, in each tire for every 10 degrees of temperature loss. To stay on top of winter fluctuations in pressure and more effectively monitor for leaks versus routine pressure loss, a tire inspection pre-frost can help verify your tires, are ready for cold temperatures and potentially icy conditions.

Is the Battery Cranking?

A battery already starting to hesitate on the crank is likely to go downhill fast in cold weather. Sometimes the delay is highly noticeable, and other times you may not register the issue until it is too late. When you are getting your car ready for winter, never underestimate the importance of a quick battery test to ensure your system is getting the proper voltage before you need all the bells and whistles of the heating system to kick in.

Why do I Need an HVAC Check?

A review of the HVAC system ensures that your vehicle is ready to go even in cold weather. In an inspection, we look at your complete heating system, check for leaks, and ensure the defroster is working properly. We also are ready with antifreeze. Even a lukewarm winter can leave you a bit chilly when sliding into a cold seat, so we also double-check the seat warmers and make sure additional accessories, like a steering wheel warmer, are functional.

What Else Do I Need?

Other basics include a wiper check for keeping winter weather in check and a windshield review. We also recommend inspecting your car brakes, switching to winter-ready windshield washer fluid, and an engine coolant review. Other extras you may want to consider when you winterize your car could be stashed in a winter safety kit. Add flares, a backup phone charging method, a flashlight, insulated clothing, a sleeping bag, gloves, extra socks, high-protein snacks, a first-aid kit, bottled water, and an ice-scraper. For your car, include jumper cables, basic fluids, a multi-tool, bungee straps, and a tow chain.

Schedule Winterization Services at Ram Country Chrysler Jeep® Dodge FIAT® of Del Rio

We are here to help get your vehicle ready for winter. You can schedule services that you need on our website or by phone. We are open 6-days a week to serve you better. See you soon in Del Rio, Texas.

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    3611 Veterans Blvd
    Del Rio, TX 78840-2833

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