Frequently Asked Questions: Winter Maintenance | Mt. Pleasant


Find The Answers To Your Winter Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions

While winter is in full swing, you can still prep and prepare your vehicle for the cold winter months still ahead. Our service center, here at Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, is constantly being asked questions about winter maintenance, for both before and after winter has begun. Here are a few answers to some of our most commonly asked winter maintenance questions.

  • What Should I Do To Prep My Vehicle For The Winter?

    Whether you're driving a car, truck, SUV, or van around Mount Pleasant, Washington IA, or beyond, you'll want to make sure that you've had the following winter maintenance services performed:

    • Winter Tire Switch/Tire Alignment
    • Brake Inspection/Replacement
    • Fluid Check/Oil Change
    • Battery Check/Replacement
    • Windshield Replacement

    These will help your vehicle conquer whatever snow, ice, or freezing temperatures that may arise and might even save you, and your vehicle, from winter weather harm.

  • Why Should I Change Over To Winter Tires?

    When snow starts to fall, you don't want to have summer tires supporting your vehicle. Winter tires are made of a more flexible rubber, for better protection against below freezing temperatures, have deeper treads, for deep snow, and may have studs, for better traction on icy roadways. Summer tires, or even all-seasons, won't measure up in the winter weather compared to good winter tires.

  • Why Won't My Car Start When It's Cold?

    There's nothing worse than getting in your car to realize it won't start. If it's recently taken a while to start your vehicle or if you've had to have your car jumped, you'll want to have your battery checked by a technician. It may need to be replaced. Below freezing temps can drain car batteries, especially if they are old or aren't fully charged to begin with.

  • Do I Need To Wash My Car In The Winter?

    Yes! In fact, many people suggest you should wash your car more in the winter, about every two weeks, because of the salted roadways and other nasty winter grime. Salt is your vehicle's worse nightmare, as it will cause corrosion and rust if left unattended, and should be washed off frequently.

  • Why Do I Need A Winter Emergency Kit And What Should I Pack?

    Even if you're the most cautious driver, you could end up in a winter accident or stuck in traffic for hours while waiting for other accidents to be cleaned up. It's best to always have a winter emergency kit stashed in your trunk just in case; it may come in useful, you never know.

    Here's a list of items your winter care kit should include:

    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Food and bottled water
    • First aid kit
    • Flares and jumper cables
    • Salt, sand, or kitty litter
    • A foldable shovel
    • Blankets/extra warm clothes

    You should also add anything you might think would come in handy. This could include dog food for your furry-friends, toys or activities for the kiddos, or a book for yourself.

Have Other Winter Maintenance Questions? Contact Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram's Service Center

If your winter maintenance questions haven't been answered, feel free to call our service center or stop by our Mount Pleasant dealership. We are located just outside of Burlington IA, Fairfield IA, and Keokuk and would love to help you with any of your maintenance needs today!

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