Winterization in Reno Made Simple

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While most people don't typically think of Nevada as a place that deals with winter weather, area residents would say otherwise. A lot of people who move to the state don't realize that prepping their vehicles for the winter months is important, as snow and ice are very much a factor. Considering that the open roads come with their fair share of uncertainties, you'll want to be prepared for when the snow and ice add multiple new obstacles to your daily commute.

That's where we come in. Our expert team of factory-certified technicians has been performing Reno winterization work for many years, and they're well equipped with the latest tools, tips, tricks, and technology to ensure you drive confidently no matter what the weather throws at you.

Your To-Do List This Winter Season

First things first, there are several things you can do yourself to ensure that you are prepared.

1.) Check Your Tires

While many of our customers around Northern Nevada would hardly consider themselves automotive experts, we do like to empower as many people as possible with the knowledge of what to look for. The first place you should look when determining your winterization needs is your quartet of tires. We get a fair amount of heat during the summer months, so the shift to colder temperatures can have a big effect on the integrity of your tires.

Look for small cracks along your tires, particularly near the hubcap. If you do notice any, it's a sign that you are at risk for a blowout and will need to change them. For the winter months, we recommend changing to winter tires and getting a tire rotation for improved traction and handling.

2.) Check Tire Pressure and Refill as Needed

For every ten degrees that the temperature drops, your tires lose one PSI. As you can probably imagine, the area around Reno/Sparks experiences drastic temperature drops, particularly at night, so this is something to keep in mind at all times.

3.) Pay Attention to Your Brakes

If it's been a while since you last changed your brakes, winter has a way of bringing out the worst in bad brakes. If your brakes produce a vibrating effect when you press down on them, or you notice squeaking, squealing, or worse, a metal grinding sound, you'll need to replace your brake pads ASAP.

4.) Get Your Battery Tested

Another big part of winterization in Northern Nevada is ensuring that your battery is in working order. Batteries around three to five years old begin to experience issues in colder weather, so if you notice slow engine crank, fluid leakage, or that your check engine is on, don't hesitate to bring it in.

5.) Switch Out Your Windshield Wipers and Add Antifreeze

The arrival of winter means that there's never been a better excuse to swap out those old and worn down wiper blades with a pair of fresh ones. Plus, you'll want to add some antifreeze to your fluids to keep them from freezing up on you when the temperature dips at night.

Winterization FAQ

Still not sure about what to do with your vehicle this winter? No problem, we've compiled the most common questions we get and have answered them for you.

What's the Difference Between Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive?

While many people confuse the two, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are different systems. All-wheel drive sends a dynamic amount of torque to each axle of the car while four-wheel drive sends a fixed amount at all times.

What's the Difference Between All-Seasons and Winter Tires?

While winter tires can seem like an unneeded add-on for your vehicle, they come in handy for a variety of reasons. The rubber in all-season tires hardens as the temperature drops, which reduces traction. Winter tires come with a particular type of tread that improves traction while their rubber remains flexible even in colder weather.

What Supplies Should I Keep in My Car?

Emergency supplies should always be kept in your car, but there is no season more important to do this than during winter. Break downs can happen at any time, so you'll want to have warm blankets, roadside flares, a battery-operated phone charger, a flashlight, a first aid kit, an ice scraper, and snacks and drinks at the ready.

Where Can I Go to Winterize My Vehicle?

Reno Tahoe Auto Group is ready to winterize your vehicle whenever you need it.

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Reno Tahoe Auto Group

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