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Winter Prep

Bonita Springs doesn't have harsh winters, but it is still smart to take precautionary measures to make sure you keep your car in good condition when the temperatures start to fall. By following these four winter prep tips you can extend the life of your Volvo and keep yourself safer on the road.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Check Tire Pressure

Colder temperatures can make your tire pressure fall rather quickly. The amount of air that works fine on a 70-degree day might not keep your tires properly inflated on a 60-degree day.

Check your tire pressure every couple of weeks to make sure your tires can function properly. If they don't have enough pressure you might have a hard time stopping in emergency situations. Plus, the wrong tire pressure will lower your car's efficiency and force you to spend more money on gas. It's a lot easier to just check the pressure.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield Wipers

Most windshield wipers are made of rubber that can become stiff and brittle when exposed to cold temperatures. If your wipers are more than six months old there is a chance that they could fail during the winter. Most of them aren't designed to last more than a year anyway.

If you have silicone wipers you probably will not need to replace them every year. Since rubber windshield wipers cost less, though, most people still use them. Unless you change them regularly, you could find yourself driving in low visibility on a winter day.

Get Your Oil Changed

Oil Change

The temperatures in Bonita Springs will never fall so low that your oil will freeze, but cold nights can make it more viscous. The lower the temperatures fall, the harder it is for the oil to lubricate your engine's parts. This becomes even more problematic when you have dirty oil that hasn't been replaced within the last three months.

Make sure you have your oil and filter changed before the cold sets in. This will help you avoid damage that could cost a lot of money to fix.

Have Your Exhaust System Inspected

Exhaust System Inspection

Your Volvo's exhaust system is designed to push carbon monoxide and other gases behind your car. If the system has any holes in it, though, it can't do its job properly. Even a small hole could let the carbon monoxide leak into your car's interior. That's a dangerous situation for you and your passengers. As the level of carbon monoxide builds in your blood, it could cause:

  • Confusion
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

This is more likely to happen during the winter when you have your car windows rolled up to keep out the cold air. Unfortunately, rolling up the windows will also trap harmful exhaust.

Getting your system inspected will help you find and fix any holes that could harm your health.

No matter where you live, the winter puts considerable stress on your car. The good news is that you can counter these stresses by following a few important guidelines. They will not only keep you safe, but help you save money on repairs.

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