Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Weather


Whether you just purchased a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors or you have a vehicle that is a couple of years old, you’ll want to make sure it’s ready for winter weather. Though winter might be almost over, it’s still early February and Mother Nature could have some surprises in store, even for Newnan, Georgia.


Make sure the tires on your vehicle have at least 6/32 of tread. While 2/32-inch is when you would normally change them, that is not enough tread to get a good grip in snow, even a heavy dusting. Also be sure that the alignment is good when you have the tires checked. If you don’t have all-season or mud and snow tires on your vehicle, you’ll need to get those summer tires off as they won’t have good traction in the snow.

Wash and Wax

When the counties and towns salt and brine the roads, it splashes onto your vehicle and if you don’t have protection on the paint – and you don’t wash it off right away – it will eventually damage the paint. Washing the vehicle and giving it a good coat of wax helps to slow down that process. Even with the wax, you should wash the car as soon as you can if you’re stuck behind a salt or brine truck; or if you drive on slushy roads.

Mechanical Aspects

Have your vehicle checked to ensure it’s mechanically sound. The last thing you want is to break down because of a broken belt or hose in the middle of a cold snap. If you just completed vehicle maintenance in the last couple months, it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle in to have the belts, hoses, battery, tires, brakes and suspension checked.

If your vehicle’s check engine light is lit up or if you hear any new noises or squeaks, have those problems repaired.

Fill the Tank

If a winter storm is expected be sure to keep the gas tank full. Even if you have to just top it off because it’s more than three-quarters full, top it off if a snow or ice storm is expected.

Visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia

Give our service department a call at SouthTowne Motors to set up an appointment to have your vehicle checked, repaired or for maintenance.

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