Like it or not, the winter month’s are coming, which means getting prepared for the colder days ahead. Besides getting all your winter clothing out of storage, you also need to think about making sure that your car is ready for the change in the weather. This is especially true if you rely on your vehicle for your job, as the last thing you need is to be stuck on the side of the road on your way to your job. Your local Sunshine Coast auto electrician serving Buderim, Mooloolaba, Alexandra, Headland, and other areas, can help get your car ready, but there are a few things you can check on your own, too.
The first thing that you should be looking at is the current state of your windscreen wipers. The heat of the sun that blasts down in the summer months can have an impact on the structural integrity of your wipers. They can become brittle and cracked, which you might not notice until you try to run the wipers when it is raining, at which point you will see that they do not clear all the water off the windshield. Limited visibility can lead to a very dangerous situation, so get those wipers changed out if need be.
Your car battery is notorious for failing in winter and this is one of the first things that an auto electrician would check when preparing your car for colder months. The lower temperatures that come in the winter months can wreak havoc on a battery that is not doing a particularly good job of holding a charge. There should be no visible signs of corrosion on your car battery, and you should also have it tested to ensure that it is still strong enough to keep your vehicle running smoothly once the mercury starts to dip.
Your tyres are going to be your best friend in the winter months, so make sure that the tread is as it should be, while also making sure that you have the proper pressure on all four tyres. If you have balding tyres on your car, now is the time to start thinking about changing them out. Now is also the time when you should be making sure that your headlights are in working order, and that they are clean enough to be casting a brilliant beam of light on the road ahead. Replacement bulbs for headlights are relatively cheap and are also a great investment for those darker days ahead.
Finally, you should consider getting your oil changed ahead of the coming winter months. A fresh batch of oil will ensure that your engine continues to run smoothly at all times. If you recently had your oil changed and are not yet due for a new batch, at least make sure that your engine and gearbox oil levels are where they should be. While these are all things that you can do on your own, it’s still a good idea to have your vehicle looked over by a professional auto electrician. They will be able to spot any small issues that may turn into a big headache during the winter months.