It doesn’t matter where you reside in the world; winter is a rough season. It is rough on our homes, our bodies, but most notably, on the one item that we rely on daily: our vehicles. From our tires to the engine, winter puts a unique stress on the form and function of a vehicle.

It is a future certainty that whether arriving early or late, winter comes every year. Daily wear and tear from use on our vehicles in conjunction with the wear and tear they experience from the natural elements compounds, and when most inconvenient, issues occur.

The Midwest, especially Wisconsin, faces extreme cold and adverse conditions during winter. Being a native Wisconsin company, Tom’s Auto Body has some tips on adequately preparing your vehicle for winter.

Tires Take You Places

Until they invent flying cars, your tires will always be a contributing factor to the efficient operation of your vehicle. Tires can impact a vehicle’s handling, gas mileage, safety, comfort, and more.

With that being said, it is encouraged to check your tire pressure daily as winter arrives. The cold weather causes your tire pressure to fluctuate drastically, increasing the possibility of losing traction or having a blowout. Check the inside of your door frame for a sticker that indicates your cold weather tire pressure, and be sure they stay in that range.

Additionally, brakes are put under much more stress when it rains, sleets, and especially when it snows. Excessive moisture finds its way in through your wheel wells, and after it snows, the roads remain wet and salty, corroding them and increasing the chances of failure. Have your brakes checked before winter, but during mid-winter as well.

Under The Hood

Many newer vehicles have panels that cover the mechanics underneath the body, preventing integral components from road spray and rust, almost like your hood protecting your engine from the elements.

While modern vehicles have taken measures to prevent engine components from being directly exposed to moisture from snow or sleet, that does not mean they are insulated from the cold. A drastic drop in air temperature can wear out your battery, cause your gas lines to freeze, or degrade your brake fluid.

Consider replacing brake and windshield washer fluid with formulas specifically designed for winter to prevent freeze-ups. When it comes to your car battery, have a team like Tom’s Auto Body test it, as added strain on a battery occurs from an increase in oil thickness due to the cold.

Tom’s Auto Body Knows Winter

With over four decades of automotive experience in the most frigid winters around, the crew at Tom’s Auto Body can inspect your vehicle to get ready for winter and will be there for you if something goes wrong.

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