The winter weather can cause damage and strain to your vehicle. The first thing to remember is that the cold affects the car as well. You will not be able to get in your vehicle, start it, and immediately drive off. It is always best to start your vehicle and let it warm up for a few minutes. Not only does it warm up the interior of your vehicle, but it warms up the engine. The oil and other fluids will also get warmed up. This in turn will help the oil lubricate the engine more efficiently, so there is not excessive strain on it when it is driven.
If you hear a high pitch squealing after starting to drive in the winter, it can be a sign that the vehicle needs time to warm up more. The belts and other moving parts need to get warm so they can work properly. Pushing the vehicle when it is too cold can cause parts to snap or break. This will then lead to a breakdown and also costly repairs. Even after warming the vehicle up, if you hear an odd noise make sure to contact us. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for what might be causing the issue with your vehicle. Doing so can help keep your vehicle running reliable, especially when you want it to in winter.
Also check the brakes of the vehicle. These can start to wear out with time. Parts like the brake pad and brake rotors will need to be replaced on an occasional basis. You will want to bring it in so we can check it. If they are warn, it is best to have them replaced. This will then help the brakes to work correctly, and keep the vehicle safe for you and those around you as you drive.