Winter Car Checkups

Dec 17, 2018

Winter Car CheckupsAs the winter finally sets in here in Minnesota, it’s important to ensure your car is in proper working order. The cold can do a number on any car, so be sure that you reach out to a reputable local mechanic like Clark Automotive for a winter car checkup.

What is a Winter Car Checkup?

Winter car checkups allow a reputable mechanic to go through each and every component of your vehicle to ensure its ready for the cooler temperatures that are sure to put added stress on your car this winter. Below are some of the key components of a winter car checkup:

  • Change your oil – While you may not think of changing your oil as a key component of winter vehicle maintenance, it can be a great time to switch your oil from conventional to synthetic. It can be easier to start your vehicle in cold weather if you’re using synthetic oil. Check with your car manufacturer for information about the correct type of conventional or synthetic oil to use for your vehicle.
  • Check your battery – Hot Minnesota summers can cause problems with your battery, but you likely won’t see these problems until the first cold winter morning. Batteries often fail in winter, so it’s important to have your battery checked out before the temperatures drop and you’re left stranded on the side of the road in the cold.
  • Take a look at your tires – Traction is incredibly important, especially if there’s a lot of snow on the roads. Depending on where you’re located, you may be better off investing in snow tires for added traction.
  • Check antifreeze – Antifreeze is incredibly important because it helps an engine’s cooling system maintain equal parts antifreeze and water. You can use what’s called an antifreeze tester to determine the strength of your antifreeze, or you can always bring your vehicle in to a mechanic like Clark Automotive to check it for you.

Ready for Your Winter Car Checkup?

 Just like it’s always recommended that you get a checkup each year, the same is true for your vehicle. Be sure to schedule a winter car checkup with a reputable car mechanic like Clark Automotive today. We have a team of ASE certified mechanics on staff so that you can rest easy knowing that whatever repairs are suggested actually need to be performed. We’ll never attempt to sell you on any type of car repair services that aren’t necessary. You can give us a call today at 763-784-7944 or send us an email to and we’ll do our best to put you on our schedule as soon as possible.

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