Four Ways to Prepare Your Car for the St. Louis, MO Winter

November 30th, 2018 by

How To Prepare Your Car for the St. Louis, MO Winter

St. Louis, MO winters are brutal, and if the weather we’ve been given these last few weeks is any indication of the winter to come, well–we’re in for a doozy. What does that mean for you? It means you should triple check to make sure your car is properly prepared for the winter elements. The list could go on and on of the things you could do to prepare, but we’ve chosen the four most important things to do before anything else:

  • Check your wiper blades
  • Check your coolant
  • Check your tires
  • Check your battery

We don’t all have the luxury of parking our vehicles inside a covered garage during snowy weather, and even for those who do, the importance of wiper blades is still critical in the circumstance you get caught driving mid-snow storm. If you notice your wiper blades–or simply your wiper blade inserts–are not performing properly and cleaning your windshield, that’s a clear indicator that it’s time to change them out. Not sure what the difference is between your wiper blades and wiper blade inserts, or how to change them? Watch our how-to video here!

One of the worst possible scenarios I can think of is not having heat in your car during the bitterly cold St. Louis winters. Have you ever tried driving while shivering? Not easy, my friends. So, it’s crucial to check your that your coolant is at a proper level and that the protection level is correct. What will happen if it isn’t? If the coolant is not at the appropriate level, it can lead to your engine overheating. On the contrary, if not at the proper level, it could lead to not having heat from your heater during slow speeds or when idle. Don’t let yourself freeze this winter: check your coolant.

Your tires are one of those things that can be easily overlooked and under appreciated, that is, until you’re faced with weather where they truly come to the rescue. St. Louis, MO winters often serve us several-inch snowfalls with a lovely layer of ice packed underneath them, making driving not only difficult, but dangerous. One way to make a trip through these elements less dangerous is to check your tire tread. If your tires are bald or balding, that can cause serious risks to your safety on the roads. If you’re not sure whether or not your tires are balding, watch this brief tutorial on how to check your tire tread, which takes the guess work out of it!

Lastly, your battery is one of those things that tends to fall under the category “out of sight, out of mind” often times. It’s easy to not pay much attention to or think about your battery, until you’re stuck suddenly with a dead one. To make matters worse, battery efficiency actually goes down when the temperature does, so it’s extremely important to check your battery conditions, including the cables. Corroded battery cables can cause unwanted resistance in the electrical circuit, which can lead to slow or no cranking. Ultimately, a battery that does not have enough CCA (also known as cold cranking amps) may not start when the temperature drops.

Schedule an Auto Service Appointment Online at Frank Leta Honda

If you’re not comfortable checking on these items on your own, our service technicians would be happy to take that load off your plate. Simply schedule a service appointment with us quick and easy online here. Now that you’re equipped with all this knowledge, you an confidently go have a safe and happy winter!