As temperatures begin to drop, snow starts to fall, and roads freeze over, we know winter is upon us. The cold is not fun for you, but it’s far worse for your vehicle. Circle Buick GMC’s service department is fully stocked with replacement parts and skilled mechanics in Highland, Indiana that Northwest Indiana and Chicago. To prevent issues with your vehicle during winter, here is a list of things to consider:
Fix Previous Issues
For starters, you need to address current vehicle issues. Pre-existing vehicle issues can become worse with the onset of winter or cause major complications. If you are experiencing rough idling, stalling, etc. winter will only make these problems worse. Not performing winter maintenance could mean getting stranded, freezing, accidents, and more. Schedule an inspection for pre-existing issues and preventative maintenance services at Circle Buick GMC’s service center to give yourself peace-of-mind and clarity this winter.
Change Oil & Antifreeze
Regularly changing the oil in your vehicle helps maintain longevity. Your engine cannot function without oil and if you go too long without it, major complications can occur. Antifreeze should also be topped off in order to prevent your radiator from freezing. To avoid major complications during winter, regularly changing your oil and antifreeze.
Replace Key Parts
Tires can surprisingly wear out faster than expected or appear to be. Depending on the condition of the tread on your tires, you may need to replace them with new ones. Ice and snow on the roads is not uncommon during winter, especially in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. Newer tires grip the road better and help you stop faster, thus helping prevent accidents. Not sure whether your tires need replaced? Schedule a tire inspection by our skilled mechanics.
Freezing temperatures can negatively impact your vehicle’s battery, thus making it have a hard time starting. Regularly checking and replacing when necessary can help you avoid getting stranded. Parking in a garage or area that is covered, removing corrosion, and tightening cables can help prevent your vehicle from not starting. Don’t know the condition of your battery and expected life remaining? Schedule an inspection at Circle Buick GMC’s service department.
Replacing air and cabin filters are relatively inexpensive way to prevent future heating issues in your vehicle. Not maintaining the filters in your vehicle can negatively affect defrost performance and air intake to your engine. Replacing air and cabin filters can help your engine run more efficient and ultimately burn less gas.
Replacing windshield wipers is a no brainer. As sleet, snow and rain fall onto your windshield during winter it is imperative that you replace them as they become worn out. A few key indicators that it is time to replace your windshield wipers are streaks on the windshield, minimum contact with windshield, and thumping noise. Driving on slippery roads and needing to slow down sooner means your windshield needs to be as clear as possible to avoid accidents. Our wide selection of windshield wipers can be installed on your GMC, Buick, or other make of car at Circle Buick GMC’s service department.
Getting your brakes checked is imperative before and during winter. During winter, people tend to brake more frequently, so they tend to wear down faster. Dirt and water are more likely to get caught in your brakes, making them wear down even faster. Clear indicators that it is time to change your brakes include squeaking noises and inability to slow down quickly. If your brakes need to be replaced, schedule a service with our experienced mechanics.
Buying or making your own winter emergency kit for your vehicle is one of the best things you can do this winter. Winter emergency kits are designed to help you in the event of being stranded. These kits can be easily assembled and should include the following:
- Candle Heater
- Phone Power Bank
- Tool Kit
- Ice Traction (sand, etc.)
- Jumper Cables
- Compact Shovel
- First Aid Kit
- Blanket & Extra Jacket
If you wish to do the maintenance yourself, we offer a wide selection of Original Equipment Manufacturer parts and accessories at fair market prices. To place an order or get a free quote, fill out our Parts Form that requires minimal information.
Check For Specials
Circle Buick GMC’s state-of-the-art service department is dedicated to providing quality service for you and your vehicle. Whether you’re scheduling a preventive inspection or maintenance service this winter, make sure to check out our Service Specials page for coupons, rebates, and all other discounts.
To ensure your satisfaction, we provide a comfortable lounge with fresh coffee, a TV, and Wi-Fi. You can easily schedule your next maintenance online or by calling us at: (219) 865-4400. We serve drivers across Northwest Indiana, including Chicago, Schererville, Merrillville and Hammond. Make your appointment today! We look forward to working with you.