For many Chicagoans, winter means dealing with the challenges of owning a car in the winter – icy roads, salted streets, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures. It’s important to make sure your car is well cared for and stays in great shape throughout the winter season.

Lights

During the winter months, there are fewer daylight hours. This can be especially hazardous during your commute home. Therefore, it’s important to make sure all your vehicle’s lights are in working order. If you have a burnt-out bulb, or your headlights are yellow or hazy, bring your car over to Chicago Motors where we specialize in Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, and BMW repair. Chicago winters are long – make sure your lights work and your car is ready.

Battery

Summer brings out the best in your battery, and just because your car starts easily at the end of August, you can’t assume your battery is ready to face the cold. Warm weather can mask an ailing battery, and one that is weak will quickly die (pardon the pun) in the dead of winter. If it’s been a few years since you’ve replaced your battery, have a new battery installed before you become stranded in a frigid parking lot in the middle of the night.

Coolant

Antifreeze, or coolant, is extremely important to your car – keeping your engine from freezing when the mercury drops. Before winter begins in earnest, make sure there aren’t any leaks in your vehicle’s radiator system by bringing it in to us for Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, or BMW repair in Chicago.  Also, check the coolant level occasionally during the winter months. If it gets low, most mechanics recommend adding a 50/50 water – coolant ratio rather than pure antifreeze.

Gasoline and Windshield-Washer Fluid

You should try to keep both your washer fluid reservoir and your gasoline tank filled up during the winter. A full gas tank prevents any water that has entered your fuel pump from freezing and could also come in handy if you get stuck and need to keep the engine running off and on to stay warm. A full windshield-washer reservoir is equally important as messy salt spray and snow may necessitate constant window washing for visibility during your winter travels.

Additionally, now is a good time to check that your defroster and climate control system are working properly. Keeping your car warm and the windows free from ice, is important during the winter months.

Tires

When the temperature begins to drop below 45 degrees on a regular basis, winter tires are strongly recommended, even for all-wheel drive vehicles. They improve traction when you are stopping or trying to turn on cold, icy, or snowy pavement, as they remain flexible in low temperatures.

Always keep track of your tire pressure when it begins to get cold. Because air condenses and rubber expands when the temperature drops, tire pressure can lose up to one pound per square inch with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Low tire pressure can cause your car to handle unpredictably, cause excess wear and tear on your tires, or lead to tread separation – which can cause a serious accident.

Contact Us

For BMW repair in Chicago, as well as expert service for other luxury car brands, there is no one more qualified than our dedicated team at Chicago Motors. Give us a call or stop on in for unparalleled car care in Chicago.

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