Get Your Toyota Ready for Edmonton Winters
Simple Service Suggestions from Sherwood Park Toyota to Save You Money in the Long Run.
You might not want to admit it, but winter is right around the corner. While some of us love the winter season, it’s important to avoid bad surprises that can sneak up on you. With Edmonton being a record-breaking city for negative temperatures, the last thing you need is to be left in the cold – not only is it a major inconvenience but also significantly dangerous at lower temperatures. If your vehicle fails on you, the cost for a tow truck, the inconvenience and the possibility of bringing it up to road standards could include extra repairs. This season, save your holiday budget and your wallet by considering these service suggestions from Sherwood Park Toyota Scion.
Schedule an Oil Change
You may have read suggestions to change the viscosity rating of your oil for the winter season – it’s an unnecessary change and additional cost. On those Edmonton cold nights that fall below -20 simply plug your Toyota in and your block heater will ease the stress of cold starts. While it isn’t a requirement, if you want to treat your Toyota, consider a Synthetic Oil change. Synthetic Oil reaches the top of your engine quicker providing superior lubrication in winter. Whatever your choice, regular oil changes are a must to keep your car healthy and functional, especially in the face of winter.
Check Your Tires
You know winter tires are a necessity for Edmonton winter roads, but it’s important to make sure your tires have enough tread and are free from punctures or bulges. Make sure your tires are inflated at the right pressure, the wrong pressure could result in reduced effectiveness which may increase the dangers of winter driving.
All fluids are important to the health of your vehicles, making sure you have the right seasonal fluids running through your Toyota is critical. We’ll make sure you have the proper winterized fluids so nothing freezes in colder temperatures which could spell disaster. Even simpler changes like topping up with winter washer fluid make significant changes in driving visibility and safety. It’s important to note that these simple checks are included in all routine maintenance and oil checks, so you can have peace of mind when your drive off. Winter washer fluid vs summer washer fluid.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Do you need Winter Wiper Blades? No. We often find regular wiper blades work just fine. Surprisingly, winter wiper blades often accumulate snow in their structure and reduce effectiveness.
Cold weather affects the ability for older batteries to hold a reserve charge for longer periods. If you’ve got a new battery, you should be good to go, but we’ll check for any corrosion or connectivity issues to make sure you’re safe no matter what. With older batteries it’s important to be aware of the chance of improper functioning – all it takes is just some extra vigilance.
Sometimes even with the proper maintenance, surprises or accidents happen. It’s important to have an emergency kit that could very well save lives. Standard things to include in your emergency kit:
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper Cables
- Warm Boots, Gloves, Toques, and a blanket.
- Ice Scraper
- Cell Phone Charger
- Save numbers handy
Check out our parts department for ready-made emergency kits for your Toyota!