The frigid winter season can wreak havoc on your luxury Lincoln vehicle if you don’t keep up with required winter maintenance.

 

At Carman Lincoln in New Castle, we’re here to ensure that you are fully informed of all the best ways to keep your refined ride running at optimal performance throughout the harsh winter months. 


Check out these five key maintenance tasks to perform BEFORE the winter hits courtesy of Carman Lincoln.

Check or Change Your Oil 

It’s a well-known fact that colder weather can cause the oil in your vehicle to become thicker and more viscous as its molecules begin to cool significantly. For this reason, many manufacturers recommend using lower viscosity oil during the colder months.

 

Before the weather begins to become too harsh, be sure to check your oil’s level and consistently. In addition, getting a fresh oil change before winter can help your car run more reliably when the temperatures start to drop.

Check Your Battery 

The very last thing you want before starting a snowy winter commute home after work is a dead battery. Unfortunately, colder temperatures cause this issue to occur much more frequently in older car batteries.

 

Before the blizzards begin, make sure the contacts on your car battery clean and free of corrosion. In addition, it can be a good idea to take your battery to a qualified service center to have it tested. Usually, batteries that are older than four years of age should be replaced regardless.

Check Your Transmission and Drivetrain 

Frozen tundra and icy weather can create additional wear on your vehicle’s transmission. To make sure that your luxury car or SUV is shifting as efficiently as possible, have a certified transmission specialist inspect everything to ensure it is in working order before the busy winter season.

 

If you have a four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle, it is especially important to inspect the drivetrain. Doing so will increase your likelihood of getting through bad-traction areas should you ever find yourself in a snowbound scenario.

Check Your Heating and Engine Cooling System

Nothing stings worse in the cold, frosty air then realizing that your vehicle’s heating system is inoperable. Be sure to test your heating and defrosting system thoroughly before you find yourself stranded in the cold.

 

In addition, ensure that your engine’s cooling system has the proper mix of antifreeze in the radiator. This way, you can ensure that your vehicle’s engine has access to the power it needs to get you through the snow. Usually, a 50/50 mix is recommended.

Check Your Tire Tread

There’s nothing worse for winter driving than old or worn-out tire tread. In snow, ice, and heavy rain, your vehicle needs traction to keep you running down the road.

 

Make sure your tires are properly inflated as well, and have a mechanic check your treads to ensure that your risk of a weather-related accident is kept low. If you do a lot of mountain or back road driving, snow tires can be a great investment as well.

 

Providing your car with the proper winter maintenance it needs before the harsher season hits isn’t just a good idea, it’s essential to your safety.


To schedule your next service appointment with the factory-certified mechanics at Carman Lincoln, click here, contact us by phone, or stop into our New Castle dealership in person today. We’ll be sure to give your luxury Lincoln vehicle the care and attention it needs to keep you motoring during the winter season.
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