Auto Parts to Replace before Winter’s Arrival

by Joe Ferguson on November 22, 2013


Winter weather can take a massive toll on your car. Several automobile parts end up taking quite a beating when frigid winds, snowfall, and ice accumulation become daily occurrences. Today we’ll discuss important car maintenance steps and parts to replace before winter hits.

Avoid expensive auto repairs by staying on top of your car maintenance before and during winter. Below, the editors of Used Car Values have some hints to help you get the most out of your car’s performance during the next few months of ice and chill.

Windshield Wipers

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is imperative that you switch out cracked, old windshield wipers for new ones before the end of fall. Your windshield wipers will be your best friend when ice and snowstorms start plaguing much of the country. Ensure that you’ll be able to keep yourself and passengers safe if you get caught in a potentially dangerous situation by keeping fresh, undamaged windshield wipers on your vehicle this winter.

Brake Pads

Brake maintenance is a big deal all year round, but in winter, it’s extremely important to have properly functioning brakes. If your brakes are already showing signs of wear, it would be wise to change them out for a new set. With icy roads, the last thing you want is for your brakes to finally give out while trying to avoid a fatal collision.


Keep your car running like a champ all winter long by making sure you have a fully charged battery under the hood. This is another car maintenance rule that is good for the entire year but is extra important in winter. Not only does a new battery ensure your car is running at maximum capacity, if you get trapped in your car because of snowstorm, a properly functioning battery could mean the difference between life and death. You’ll need the battery to start the engine, use the heat, or listen to the radio to find out if emergency crews are in the area.

Hopefully these tips have your mind thinking of more ways to prepare your car for winter. Think the editors of UCV are leaving things out? Let us know what you do to get your vehicle winter-ready this time of year.

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