1 Spark plugs, Wires, Fuel filter, and air filter
For dependable cold starts and good fuel mileage, you have to maintain these. At American Auto Air and Repair we use a computer scan tool to make sure that there are no trouble codes logged in the systems memory. Sensors such as those for coolant temperature, air temperature and oxygen can go bad resulting in poor performance and mileage.
2 Rubber, anything exposed can also be damaged by the cold
Anything that is exposed to the elements and dirt can get damaged. Road grime and salt are two of the most destructive elements. It is always good to get your vehicle checked for torn protective rubber boots and bellows on critical drive train, steering and suspension parts. Remember these are same parts that were exposed to the string of 100 degree days last summer here in Reno.
3 Engine and Transmission Oil Filters
Oil gets heavy when it is cold, and that causes them to flow slower. If your filter is dirty, then you might get substantial lose of oil flow, which can produce more heat through friction. Over time this can lead to damage to the engine and/or transmission. Make sure your engine and transmission work is current now.
4 Hoses and belts
These can get stressed in the cold. Brittle or soft belts with missing ribs or cracks need to be replaced. Data collected from National Car Care Month inspections shows 19% of cars have belts that are damaged, cracked and needing replacement and 17% with hoses which were damaged, cracked and needing replacement.
5 Cooling System
Your cooling system also protects the engine from freezing up as well as keeping it cool. Your coolant should be mixed 50/50 with a combo of water and coolant. You should have the coolant protection checked every year before winter and if the coolant tests out above the protection level of –30 to –35 degrees F, then you should have the system flushed and refilled with a fresh mix. American Auto Air currently has a 7-point Cooling System Maintenance Service Special available.
6 Windshield Wipers
Snow and ice often settle at the base of the windshield, freezing blades in place. Your wipers aren’t made to plow snow and might burn out if you try to break the ice formed when you are starting the car. The wiper system needs regular replacement due to many reasons, including driving conditions, frequency of use, and the material used in making the wiper parts. During the 2010 National Car Care Month Inspections 39% had front windshield wiper failures while eleven percent of vehicles also needed service on their rear wipers. Wipers can skip, smear, or just plain not move water well. Bring your vehicle to American Auto Air for a new set of wiper blades before the snow starts falling and you can’t see out your windshield.
Automotive lighting play an important part in enabling you to operate your vehicle safely in and around the streets of Reno. The chance of you having an accident increases if you aren't able to see (or be seen) when operating your auto. Vehicle lighting provides a means of communicating among drivers and is vital to any properly functioning vehicle. Vehicle inspections during National Car Care Month have shown lighting to be an often neglected maintenance item, approximately one out of every ten vehicles (11 percent) needed work on at least one of their lights. Let American Auto Air replace any light that isn’t properly working on your vehicle.