Winter weather can hit your vehicle hard, but with a little protective maintenance, you can enjoy a problem-free automobile all winter long. What kind of vehicle problems should you take steps to prevent? The expert auto mechanics at AA Auto Tech discuss how to protect your ride from four of the most common wintertime issues below.


Fluid Thickening

Freezing temperatures can quickly cause your car or truck’s critical fluids to thicken, which negatively impacts your vehicle’s performance. When temperatures dip well below zero, fluid expansion can also cause minor leaks to form.


To avoid this common problem, take your vehicle to a reputable auto mechanic (AA Auto Tech is a great choice!) for comprehensive fluid testing. Make sure you get the following fluid levels checked:


●        Antifreeze

●        Engine oil

●        Power steering fluid

●        Brake fluid

●        Transmission fluid


If your vehicle is low on any of the above, your auto mechanic will top up the necessary fluids. He’ll also check for leaks within your systems to ensure your vehicle performs soundly throughout winter. 


Battery Problems

Sluggish battery performance — or a completely dead battery — is perhaps the most common winter vehicle problem there is. Extreme temperatures on both ends of the spectrum can significantly impact battery performance and overall life. This is why it’s important to have your battery tested at regular intervals.


If you’ve already experienced slow starts or you’re unsure how old your battery is, take your vehicle to an auto shop for battery testing as soon as you can. Your mechanic will let you know whether your existing battery is on its way out and if necessary, he can replace it on the spot.


Parts Corrosion

Salt is great for making our Twin Cities roadways less slippery, but it’s not so great for the undercarriage of your vehicle. With prolonged salt and moisture exposure (and infrequent washing), your vehicle can develop corrosion on some of its most vulnerable components. Avoiding this issue is super simple: Wash your vehicle regularly!


Dwindling Tire Pressure

Most vehicle tires lose approximately one pound per square inch (PSI) of air pressure for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature reduction. This is why so many Twin Cities drivers notice their tires seem to be underinflated at some point during winter.


Since inadequately inflated tires perform poorly on icy roadways, you must keep your tires properly inflated to keep you and your passengers safe. During winter, test your tire pressure at regular intervals and top up any tires that give a low reading.


If you frequently need to add air to any of your tires, take your vehicle to an auto mechanic for a tire inspection. You may be dealing with a slow leak, which is super quick and simple to repair. 


AA Auto Tech: Your Trusted Auto Mechanics in the Twin Cities

Need some help keeping your vehicle in top condition this winter? Bring your car or truck to our team at AA Auto Tech! Since 1979, we’ve proudly served Hastings, MN and the surrounding Twin Cities metro with comprehensive auto repair and preventative maintenance. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (651) 437-2218 or contact us online.