Keep Suburban Autoworks in mind with the wet and snowy roads approaching.
Our trained technicians are here to help you make sure that your car is ready for the winter. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your car is in good working order when driving on slick roads.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. The correct air pressure for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. This information can be found on your vehicle in one of several places: on a placard located on the edge of your door, door post, inside your glove box door or fuel door. It can also be found in your owners manual. Please keep in mind that the number listed on the side of the tire is not the recommended air pressure for your tire; it is the maximum air pressure for the tire. We recommend that you check your tire pressure at least once a month.
- Check the tires tread depth. Tires should have minimum 1/16 inch tread depth. Proper tread depth will help prevent skids and hydroplaning on wet and/or snowy roads. Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 1/16 inch of tread depth remaining.
- Have your tires rotated at least every 6,000 – 8,000 miles. This will aid in detecting alignment problems and help prevent irregular wear. Uneven tires are more prone to slipping.
- Check your windshield wipers. You will need a windshield that is free of streaking and smearing on both the driver’s and passenger’s side. It’s important to keep your windshield wiper fluid reservoir full so you’ll never have to worry about whether you can quickly clear your windshield while driving if necessary. Worn wiper blades are usually the cause of streaking and smearing. Check your wiper blades frequently for signs of wear and tear. Extremes in temperature and frequent use can cause worn blades. Be sure to change them at the first sign of wearing so you are not caught in a rain or snow storm struggling with poor visibility.
- Have your breaks checked. Although you do not want to slam on your breaks when your car starts to skid or hydroplane, it is important to make sure your breaks are in good working order. We recommend that you check your brakes at least once a year or when they start to squeal.