Winterizing Your Vehicle

Getting Ready for Winter

Be Ready for Winter with Proper Auto Maintenance at Corwin Toyota Fargo

Throughout the Fargo, ND area, drivers of all kinds know that the onset of the winter season brings with it an abundance of challenges. Not only do the road conditions worsen in this season, but the arrival of freezing temperatures can cause problems for your vehicle. From your battery to the wiper blades, tire tread, radiator, and brakes, there are a wide variety of parts impacted by the cold, and the Corwin Toyota Fargo team is standing by to help you get your vehicle into its best-possible condition to combat the brutal cold that comes with winter here in the greater Fargo area. When winter arrives, any slight issues with your vehicle will be exacerbated, and can make getting on the road a more stressful endeavor, especially if the cold is preventing your car from starting.

Throughout Moorhead, Grand Forks, West Fargo, and beyond drivers can get the auto service they seek at Corwin Toyota Fargo, as well as helpful DIY tips from our auto service experts, to enjoy a more confident winter season on the roads of the Fargo area. With an unparalleled commitment to our drivers, we'll provide the services needed to restore your car to its top condition, so it'll be more prepared for the challenges that winter weather provide. Whether you just need new wiper blades or seek advice on the best battery, tires, or other parts for the winter season, our experts will ensure that you have all the information you need, so that you can go forth and enjoy the fun of the winter season.

To learn more about preparing your vehicle for the winter weather, browse the links on this page which will deliver the information you seek, or schedule an appointment and come see our auto service experts at 222 40th St S, Fargo, ND. Once you arrive here we'll help to assess your vehicle and ensure that you and the vehicle are more prepared for the winter season, so you can set out with an unrivaled sense of confidence in your car, truck, or SUV.

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Car Battery

Keeping Your Car Battery Ready for Winter at Corwin Toyota Fargo

  1. Test your car battery to see if the charge is getting low - it's best to have a fully charged battery in colder temps
  2. Consider investing in a car battery charger
  3. Clear any corrosion on the battery and its cables - make sure the cables aren't loose

When the temperatures drop and winter weather arrives, the frigid temperatures can result in problems for drivers of all kinds. One of the most important aspects of the vehicle is the car battery, and cold can have adverse effects on the charge of your battery. In fact, if it gets too cold while your battery is discharged, your vehicle may not start up as intended, delaying your day and causing immense frustration. Throughout the greater Fargo area, including Moorhead, Grand Forks, and beyond, drivers can come and get their battery tested at Corwin Toyota. We also offer a wide range of new car batteries, so you can invest in a new battery if needed.

If your vehicle is already sluggish to start, it could be from a dying battery, in which case getting it charged or replaced will provide the solution you seek. Of course, there are many DIY ways to keep your battery operating properly during the winter. Investing in a charger will help to charge the battery should it be required, and many also feature testing units so you can know exactly how much of a charge is there. To help ensure the health of your battery we also recommend getting under the hood and cleaning away any corrosion, the buildup of which can be prevented with the application of dielectric grease. Of course, if you'd rather have someone else handle this, our auto service experts are more than happy to help.

To learn more about keeping your battery in its best condition during the winter, come and see our auto service experts at 222 40th St S, Fargo, ND. Once here we'll assess your battery and any other aspects of your vehicle to ensure that it is ready for the arrival of winter weather, and make sure that you're ready for a more exciting and prosperous winter season throughout the Fargo area and beyond.

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Radiator

Getting Ready for Winter - Radiators

  1. Check for cracks
  2. Check the coolant/antifreeze level and change if needed

Now that winter is upon us, drivers throughout the greater Fargo - Moorhead area are likely taking greater concern and care with their vehicle. While there are many different ways to prepare your vehicle for winter, one of the most important is the radiator, as it will help you to combat the freezing temperatures and keep your vehicle operating at its best even as the temperatures drop. Here at Corwin Toyota, we are committed to helping drivers make the most of every season, so here you'll find some tips on ensuring that your radiator is up to the challenge of the winter season.

Ensuring that your vehicle has enough antifreeze/coolant to keep your car operating smoothly seems like it should be common sense, but the radiator is often overlooked by many drivers. With the radiator, coolant raises the boiling point of water, enabling it to carry more heat away from the engine. The radiator and antifreeze will also work to prevent the buildup of ice inside the components of the vehicle, so ensuring it is ready for winter will prove to be a worthwhile decision that will extend the longevity of their vehicle.

With such an important role to play within the vehicle, ensuring the health of your radiator is a must, so be sure to check over the radiator for any cracks, and check the coolant levels in the radiator. These are two simple steps that can be done at your home, however if you'd like the perspective of a professional auto service expert, you can always come and see the service team here at our Fargo dealership, where we'll do our part to ensure that you and your vehicle are ready for the challenges posed by the winter season.

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Brakes

Getting Ready for Winter - Brakes

  1. Get your brakes checked if they are noisy and/or have a delayed response
  2. Don't stop suddenly if driving on icy/snowy roads
  3. Be sure to leave enough room for error in between you and the car in front of you - don't tailgate!
  4. Gradually accelerate to help prevent sliding

With winter now upon us, drivers are finding themselves preparing to deal with the challenges of icy roads, snowy landscapes, and frigid temperatures throughout Fargo, ND and other nearby areas. Here at Corwin Toyota Fargo, we're committed to helping drivers prepare for the winter season, and one of the best ways to do just that is to offer a wide range of new tires for drivers to choose from, as well as a team of auto service experts ready to help you ensure that your car is riding on the right tires.

No matter what season it may be, having reliable brakes is an absolute must, as they are absolutely vital to the performance of a vehicle. When the roads are icy, the importance of the brakes is amplified, and drivers have to take extra steps to make sure that they are driving safely. With icy roads, it is important to do many things such as the following:

  • Don't slam the brakes if there might be ice on the road.
  • When accelerating, do so slowly to gain traction and avoid building up too much speed too quickly.
  • Don't tailgate - a tip that goes year-round, it's just easier to avoid any kind of accident if you don't tailgate other drivers.
  • Decelerate slowly, it takes longer to slow on icy roads, so give yourself plenty of room to use the brakes and come to a nice, easy stop.

If you suspect that your vehicle is in need of attention for its brakes, come and see our team at the Corwin Toyota Service Center. Once you arrive at 222 40th St S, Fargo, ND, we'll examine your brakes and ensure that you're ready for the challenges of the winter season throughout Moorhead, West Fargo, Grand Forks, and beyond.

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Wiper Blades

Getting Ready for Winter - Windshield Wiper Blades

  1. Turn your wipers upside down to see if the rubber is off-center
  2. Make sure the windshield washer fluid is rated at -20 degrees so it won't freeze in sub 32 degree weather

Now that winter is upon us, the chance of frozen precipitation is greatly increased, and the importance of vision is amplified. One of the most important aspects of the vehicle is the windshield wiper blades, even if they are overlooked by many drivers. With high-quality wiper blades, drivers won't have to worry about a dirty windshield, and can enjoy the enhanced awareness that comes with improved vision on the roads of Moorhead, Grand Forks, West Fargo, and beyond.

Here at Corwin Toyota Fargo, we're committed to helping you make sure that you're ready for all the challenges of winter, and are proud to offer a selection of windshield wiper blade replacements for drivers to purchase. And if you'd like to have us install the replacement blades, our auto service experts are happy to do so. The bitter cold and ice of the winter can result in the wear of your blades, so fresh wipers will make taking on winter even easier. To ensure the longevity of your wipers, be sure to fold the wiper arms out from the windshield at night to avoid the blade freezing to the glass, something like this can result in damage to the wiper blades and might see you spending more money on replacement blades earlier than you'd like.

Below you'll find tips for replacing the wipers on your own, which is quite a simple process:

  • Pull the wiper blades up so that they stay in an upright position
  • Unclick the old blades from the arms and slide them off
  • Slide the new blades onto the arms (make sure you listen for the click)
  • Carefully lower wiper blades back down into their normal position

If you've got any questions or concerns about windshield wiper blades, come and see our auto service experts at 222 40th St S, Fargo, ND. Once here we'll help you understand the importance of new wiper blades, can set you up with a great deal on new blades, and will help you to switch the blades if needed. Soon, you'll be ready for the excitement of the winter season throughout the Fargo, ND area and beyond.

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Tires

Getting Ready for Winter - Tires

  1. Consider investing in winter tires
  2. Check the tread depth with a penny
  3. Check the air pressure
  4. Rotate your tires if you haven't done so in the last couple of months

There is little doubt that throughout the Fargo, ND area, and on roads all over the country, tires play a vital role in the performance and safety of a vehicle. With winter upon us, even greater importance is placed upon the tires, as they contend with snow and ice on the roads of West Fargo, and beyond. Here at Corwin Toyota Fargo, we're committed to helping drivers ensure the quality and health of their tires, which will in turn make for more confident motoring even as the depths of winter descend upon us.

With tires of all kinds, as well as a team of auto service experts ready to inspect your tires and make sure they're ready to take on the challenges of the winter season. Whether you're wanting all-seasons, or studded winter tires, our team will ensure that you can get a great price on the tires you seek. Our team will also inspect your current tires, making sure they have enough tread to combat the buildup of snow, or can offer the array of new tires to choose from. Once winter arrives, the cooler temperatures cause the tires to lose air pressure, which can result in worse fuel economy and performance for your vehicle, as well as shortening the life of your tires.

To learn more about the importance of the good tires, come and see our team of auto service experts at 222 40th St S, Fargo, ND. Once here we'll help you to understand the importance of tires in the winter season, and will ensure that your vehicle is ready to take on all the challenges of winter weather and all the seasons to come.

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