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Winter Automobile Maintenance

New England winters can be rough on vehicles and, in the worst of cases, breakdowns can be real safety issues for unprepared drivers.  Read on to learn about winter vehicle maintenance and ways to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.


Tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle, especially in the winter.  And in the winter, it’s all about traction.  If your tread is worn, it’s time to get a new set.  The pros at Shepards Automotive Center will be happy to inspect your tires and make a recommendation.  Schedule an appointment today.

You may want to consider snow tires.  Experts recommend that winter tires be used in areas where temperatures fall below 45 degrees on a regular basis.  Winter tires are designed to remain flexible and provide traction in colder temperatures.

Check your tire pressure weekly.  Your tires will lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degree drop in temperature.


It is critical to ensure clear visibility during inclement winter driving.  Invest in a set of good-quality wiper blades.  The higher quality blades will last longer and are better at keeping your field of vision clear.

Fill the windshield washer tank with de-icing fluid.

Pro tip:  Raise your wipers when your vehicle is parked in weather to prevent the wiper blades from freezing to the windshield.


Keep your gas tank full, or at least half full, during cold weather to prevent accumulated water from freezing inside your fuel pump.  A full tank will also keep you warm, if ever you are stranded, while waiting for a rescue.

Check your antifreeze as it is one of the most important winter automotive chemicals.  If it’s been awhile, have the fluid levels checked by a professional and they may recommend further preventative maintenance.  Antifreeze fluid is what keeps your engine from freezing.

Winter is hard on your automotive oil.  As the temperature drops, oil thickens and makes it harder for your engine to turn over.  Depending on the recommendations for your vehicle, a new oil formulation may be advised.


Have your battery checked at the beginning of the season.  Summer heat is hard on batteries and, as luck may have it, this weakness will show up inconveniently during a harsh winter night.  A weak battery might work well during warm weather and suddenly leave you stranded once the temperature drops.  Have your battery checked and tested and based on the advice of your automotive maintenance professional, consider a replacement.

Protect the Exterior

Keep the exterior of your vehicle clean and protect the finish with a coat of good quality wax.  The wax coating will help maintain the beauty of your vehicle’s finish against the barrage of snow, road salt, ice and sand.

The pros at Shepard’s Automotive Center value customer relationships and we seek to be your one-stop-shop for mechanical and collision repair.  We invite you to contact us online or call 978-465-5973, Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm.  Regardless of your repair, we will be happy to work with you to map out a plan that fits your budget and solves your problems.

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