Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Honda in Sherwood, AR
Winter in Sherwood, Arkansas, brings cold, snow, slush, salt, and other things that aren’t good for your car’s condition. Fortunately, you can prepare your Honda for rough winter weather by following these simple winter maintenance tips from the service experts at Russell Honda.
Get your battery inspected
Car batteries lose a lot of their potency when temperatures plummet. According to Consumer Reports, batteries only have half of their starting power at 0 degrees Fahrenheit compared to the average level at 80 degrees. A newer battery may only need to be charged, but it’s better to outright replace an older battery before it goes completely dead.
Replace the windshield wiper blades
We recommend replacing your windshield wiper blades as often as twice a year. A good time to do that is just before winter starts, as wiper blades typically have to do a lot more work during these frigid months when snow, slush, and other particles accumulate on the windshield. It’s easy to do this task yourself or to ask our service department to include a wiper change during a winter checkup at Russell Honda.
Consider winter tires
Even if your car has all-wheel drive and all-season tires, that isn’t enough to provide strong braking power and steering responsiveness in snowy and cold weather conditions in Arkansas. Winter tires use a special rubber compound and unique tread patterns that improve grip when you need it most. A set of snow tires is one of the most important investments you can make to improve winter driving safety.
Check your headlights and taillights
The sun rises later and sets earlier in winter than at any other time of the year, leading to more time you’ll spend driving in the dark. Even during the day, there tends to be less sunlight. That makes it more important than usual to ensure your Honda’s lights are functioning as intended and providing adequate visibility — for you, and for other cars and pedestrians who need to see you coming.
Keep an eye on the antifreeze
Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is the liquid responsible for ensuring the water that helps keep your engine cool does not freeze. We recommend totally draining and replacing antifreeze at regular intervals, though the frequency varies depending on the age and model of your Honda. Schedule a service appointment at Russell Honda to check your antifreeze’s condition and effectiveness.
Monitor tire pressures
As the temperature falls, so does air pressure — at a rate of about one pound per 10 degrees in your average tire. As a result, your Honda’s tires may become underinflated even if they haven’t actually lost any air. Without sufficient pressure, tires will struggle to grip the pavement through the snow. You’ll also lose a little fuel economy when driving on flat tires. As temperatures fluctuate, it’s therefore important to routinely monitor the tires.
Update your survival kit
No matter the season, you should keep a first aid kit in your car for emergencies. When winter comes around, you may benefit from adding a few more emergency items, such as thermal blankets, a shovel, extra batteries or power sources for phones, a de-icer spray, and an ice-scraper. The more often you drive through rural areas of Arkansas, the more prepared you’ll want to be.
Test the defrosting and heating system
The defroster and heating system both serve an important purpose in the winter. The former helps prevent ice from building up on the windows while the latter keeps you warm inside. Test that they work as intended; if they don’t, make sure to schedule a service appointment at Russell Honda so our expert technicians can get your car ready for winter.
It can be a lot of work to check all of these maintenance items before winter comes around. The easiest thing to do is to bring your car in for a checkup at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas. Schedule an appointment with our service center before winter is at its worst.