We love our cars and depend upon them daily, but when they become a problem it can disrupt our lives. The best way to maintain your vehicle’s optimum performance is to do regular oil changes and seasonal tune-ups. Last winter was brutal and now is the time to bring your car in to winterize it. Tomasso Auto Swedish Motors owner Susan explains, “It’s important to do this now before we’re in the dead of winter. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road.”
This service is similar to an oil change, where fluids are checked and topped off, tires examined, battery tested and wiper blades inspected. Basically it’s a good once-over to ensure that your car is ready for cold and extreme weather.
Pro tips for maintaining a healthy car include letting it warm up before departing. We’re in such a rush-rush culture that nobody wants to wait for anything, but when you allow the temperature needle to get out of the low area that means all of the car’s fluids are where they need to be for driving. “It’s kind of like our ourselves,” Susan says. “We’re not going to have someone kick us out of bed, dress and say ‘go!’” While the flakey white stuff is still a few months off, Susan urges everyone to remember not to use their wiper blades to remove snow. “You stress the blade, which can loosen the nut that holds it,” she explains. “And you’re putting pressure on the wiper motors.”
Ultimately it’s a partnership with your technician, where you need to do your part by keeping a routine eye on tire condition and pressure, oil levels and your coolant. These are the critical components that need monitoring. If you are driving around on tires without good treads or low pressure, your vehicle won’t handle safely. Keeping your gas tank full also helps, as Susan explains that the pump relies on gas to keep it cool. Little practices like this – and relying on the assistance of reputable technicians like those at Swedish Motors – will keep your car going strong all winter long.
Tomasso Auto Swedish Motors
729 East Avenue, Pawtucket (just over the line)