Winter Weather Tips and Preparation in Medford, OR

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Get Ready for Winter with These Winter Prep Tips from Southern Oregon Subaru

Winter weather and temperatures can cause a lot of stress on your vehicle, and if it's not properly equipped and prepared for the season ahead, it can also be dangerous. We know how important your Subaru vehicle is to you, and the last thing you want is for it to get damaged. At Southern Oregon Subaru, we want to help drivers all over the Medford area properly prepare for winter. That's why we encourage you to explore our winter weather preparation tips. Many of our tips can be done by you at home, and others can be addressed in our service center.

Check Your Battery and Replace it if You Need to

Cold temperatures make it harder for your battery to produce power because it decreases the charge in your terminals. The cold and freezing temperatures slow the chemical reactions inside your battery, making it harder for it to perform. Therefore, many cars won't start in the winter, leaving you stranded when you have places to go. To avoid a dead battery, it's important to check your battery's level of charge before the cold weather arrives. If your battery has a low charge, even slightly, it might be a good idea to get a new battery instead of roll the dice and gamble on your current battery continuing to work.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Once the temperature gets below 32 degrees, your tires can start to deflate because air contracts when it's cooled, causing the molecules to take up less space. That's why it's important to check your tires every week to ensure that they have the right amount of air pressure in them to avoid damage or excessive wear.

Wash Your Car Regularly in the Winter

With winter weather comes snow, ice, dirt, salt, debris, and other pollutants on the road. When you drive around Grants Pass in the winter, your vehicle collects all this dirt and salt, which can cause your vehicle to rust and your paint to lose its luster. That's why it's important to wash your vehicle regularly and maintain it's like-new condition for as long as you can. You can visit us for a car wash and detailing at any time.

Put on Winter Tires

Even with a Subaru vehicle with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the only way to maintain optimal traction and control in the winter is having the right winter tires on your car. Winter tires have a specific tread pattern made for snow and ice. They're also made of softer rubber so that they can continue to absorb the road and maintain grip in snow and ice. If you need winter tires, you can buy them in our tire center, or we can put your winter tires on for you.

Get Your Brakes Inspected and Repaired

Your brakes are always crucial to the safety of you and others on the road, but when there's snow and ice on the road, it's even more important to ensure that they're performing at the highest level. That's why it's a good idea to get your brakes inspected and have them repaired if they aren't working right.

Replace Fluids

There are many fluids in your vehicle which are crucial to maintaining peak performance in the winter. We encourage you to get your fluids flushed and replaced using mixtures that are made for the winter, including coolant, windshield fluid, brake fluid, and more.

Replace Your Air Filter

Since you're going to have your windows up and your heat on as you drive around Ashland this winter, it's important that you're breathing fresh, clean air. We encourage you to get an air filter change in our service center so you can avoid bad smells and pollutants this winter.

Schedule a Service Appointment Online Today

If you need Subaru servicing this winter, we invite you to schedule a service appointment online and visit our service center near Central Point for a quick, convenient, and professional servicing. While your vehicle is being serviced, you can enjoy the many amenities in our waiting area so you can feel right at home while you wait.