December 12, 2017
With winter weather fast approaching, it’s important for your car to be prepared in advance for the harshest of conditions. From using the tires to having emergency gear for being stranded. Here are some things you can do to prepare your Acura for winter driving.
Lack of traction is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to winter driving. Tires is where the rubber meets the road – quite literally. Have you checked to make sure your tires are winter ready?
Don’t want to take any chances? Dedicated winter tires might be for you! Snow tires are built with a rubber compound that stay soft in cold weather. This will improve your traction and control in snow and ice compared to all-season tires. Snow tires are useful on front wheel drive cars as well -they aren’t limited to AWD cars/SUVS.
An alternative to snow tires is z cables or chains. Acura recommends using tire cables because of limited tire/fender clearance. Technical note: If you’re purchasing cables for your SH-AWD Acura, please install them on the front. The SH-AWD drivetrain is technically a front wheel drive biased vehicle so the tire cables go on the front wheels.
Cold weather with a good battery will make your car slow to start. If you have a battery that’s weak or failing, your car will likely struggle or may not start at all. We recommend getting the battery tested and replaced (if needed) before getting stranded with a car that won’t crank. Consider keeping a set of jumper cables or a jump box in your car just in case. These items will come in handy should you find yourself unable to crank the car over and need an alternative plan.
High quality wiper blades and non-icing washer fluid can be the difference between avoiding an obstacle and an accident when the weather is poor and visibility is low. The fine edge of wiper blades is damaged by dirt and UV light from the sun, so annual replacement is always recommended for best performance.
A de-icing washer fluid is great for freezing conditions – both for melting ice and unfreezing stuck wiper blades. Not all de-icing fluids are created equal, give our service center a call and we can help you get the right de-icing washer fluid and wiper blades that fit your Acura like the factory intended.
While not the first thing to think of in the cold weather, having your cooling system checked before below freezing weather comes is a great idea. Things to check:
You’ve done everything right and prepped your car for winter but something unexpected happens and you’re stranded – now what? An emergency kit is a great backup plan to ensure your safety until help arrives. These can consist of a number of items, but here’s some suggestions of items to include:
Of course depending on the personal preferences, you can pack a lot more.
Our Service Team is standing by ready to answer your questions or help with winterizing your vehicle. Our service and parts specialist are always available to make sure you’re ready for anything. Please give us call 503-252-2872 or book an appointment online in time for the fast approaching winter weather.Contact Us