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Is Your Car Prepared For Winter?

Is Your Car Prepared For Winter?When some Minnesotans hear the forecasts for Buffalo that mention measurements of snow in feet, they respond with a hearty, “Hold my beer.” Others may say, “Better Buffalo than here,” but no matter your response, we all know that wintry weather is never too far off in the distance for us. We may get a break from it during the warmer weather months, but the cycle always returns us to the cold and snow that makes Minnesota what it is. Being from Minnesota means you have, at least to some degree, adapted to living in a cold weather climate, and in many ways, you may be more adaptable than your automobile. Your car is subject to the harsh Minnesota weather every day between November and March and the team at Clark Automotive can help make sure that your car is ready!

Importance Of Winter Fluid Check For Your Vehicle

Your vehicle operates best when its systems are in order and are well lubricated. The fluids that keep your vehicle well lubricated become less effective as the weather becomes colder. And if your vehicle’s fluids are lower in volume than they should be, they become less efficient, which takes a toll on your vehicle. So good preparation for winter weather can be as simple as ensuring that your vehicle’s fluid levels are where they should be, and that they are properly rated for the climatic conditions in which they are expected to work.

If you have a relatively new vehicle, cold weather preparation may be as simple as topping off your vehicle’s fluids. If you drive a slightly older vehicle, you may find that its fluids need to be replaced more frequently. To some degree, and with some specific makes and models, this is not uncommon. The mechanisms that pump and circulate the fluids from the engine to its component parts are like any machine in that they will break down over time. To ensure that those mechanisms last as long as possible in your vehicle, scheduled maintenance and extreme weather preparation is essential.

Blaine Minnesota Auto Repair Shop

If you notice a problem developing with your vehicle, it is all the more important to bring your car in for us to look at. Our knowledge and experience with virtually every type of vehicle allows us to accurately diagnose and fix any mechanical issue you may bring to us. Most issues are simple fixes, but if your vehicle’s issue is more complicated, we will quote you a fair price to complete the repairs and help you feel confident about driving during another Minnesota winter.

Call Clark Automotive of Blaine, MN at (763) 784-7944 to schedule an appointment.

Importance of Having Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Importance of Having Your Vehicle Ready for WinterWhen you are preparing for another Minnesota winter you may be changing the furnace filter, cleaning gutters, hanging holiday lights and investing in a warm coat. Don’t forget to have your vehicle ready for brutal winter driving conditions. The extreme cold temperatures and abundant potholes can really do a number on any vehicle. This is one reason why it is important to have a winter readiness checkup at Clark Automotive. Chuck and his team know how much we all depend on our vehicles to keep us safe and sound on the road. Breaking down is not an option especially when your loved ones are on board. Having a dead battery, no heat, bald tires, worn brake pads or wrong oil viscosity can result in a very bad day.

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter Driving?

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting is predicting lots of snow and a very cold winter season ahead. Don’t be caught unprepared. Making sure that your vehicle is ready and able to perform under these difficult conditions is a great investment for your physical and financial wellbeing. It seems that every winter storm results in numerous stalled vehicles littering the side of the road. Having AAA or another roadside assistance can help but how long will you have to wait for a tow truck to arrive when they are bombarded with distress calls? The best way to avoid being caught in this situation is to prepare ahead of time.

12 Smart Ways to Winterize Your Vehicle

Winterizing your vehicle can be fast, easy and affordable with the right team of automotive professionals working on your behalf. The car care experts at Clark Automotive are fully prepared to provide you with smart preventive maintenance and repairs that keep your vehicle starting and operating smoothly all through the fall and winter months. During your winter readiness appointment an experienced auto mechanic may take a look at the following areas.

  1. Antifreeze, radiator, coolant
  2. Winter weight oil
  3. Tire tread and air pressure
  4. Brake pads, rotors and fluid
  5. Heater and defroster
  6. Exhaust system leaks
  7. Battery capacity
  8. Tire rotation or snow tires
  9. Windshield wipers, wiper fluid fill
  10. Headlights, fog lights, turn signals, brake lights
  11. Scheduled maintenance for belts, spark plugs, hoses
  12. Diagnostic checkup on electrical system issues

Trusted and Experienced Auto Shop

Clark Automotive shop treats you like family. We have earned the trust and business from countless area residents because of our commitment to quality and affordability. Our experience in what to look for in ways to maintain your vehicle at peak performance shines through. As winter approaches it is especially important to stay current on regular vehicle maintenance, repairs and winter readiness services.

To make an appointment to have your vehicle winterized before the snow and cold arrive, contact Clark Automotive Clinic, Inc. at (763) 784-7944.

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