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Winterizing Your Car: What You Need to Know

By Zimbrick Automotive | Posted in Helpful Tips on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Fall is finally in full swing here in Madison, and with colder temperatures on the horizon, winter isn’t far behind. In the coming days, you’ll probably hear a lot of talk about winterizing your car. But what exactly does that mean?

Good question. In the most basic sense, winterizing your car means optimizing it for the harsh winter months ahead. While that might sound daunting, it’s nothing to stress over. At Zimbrick, our experts specialize in service — and gearing your car, truck, or SUV up for winter is no exception. Here are a few ways we can help you winterize your vehicle.

5 Ways to Winterize Your Car at Zimbrick

Antifreeze and Fluid Checks

The temperature isn’t the only thing freezing in the wintertime. If your car doesn’t have the right fluids, you run the risk of it freezing up, too. Our technicians will ensure that you have the right antifreeze and water blend. Plus, we can replace your wiper fluid with a freeze-proof alternative.

worker adding antifreeze as part of fluid check

Battery Testing and Replacement

As the leaves fall, so does your battery’s capacity. Unfortunately, your battery doesn’t have the option of hibernating for the winter. That’s why we’ll conduct a thorough check of cables, terminals, and fluid to make sure your battery doesn’t let you down when you need it the most.

Brake Inspection and Repair

Walking through a winter wonderland is a magical experience. Driving through one, however, is a different story. You’re going to want to know that your brakes are prepared for the tricky road conditions ahead. While it might be too early to have your brakes replaced, the pros at Zimbrick can inspect them, repair them, and ultimately ensure that they’re fit for the holidays.

photo of service worker performing break inspection

Oil Change

Oil is an important component of your car year-round, but it’s especially critical in the winter months. If the oil in your vehicle is too thick, it could freeze. Consider putting a thinner oil on your wish list.

Winter Tire Installation

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh might be fun, but it’s nothing to play around with in your car. Worn or insufficiently filled tires are dangerous on slick roads. That’s why we offer tire replacement and rotation. But if conditions get especially brutal in your neck of the woods, our specialized winter tires are the way to go.

tires prepared for winter driving through snow after installation

Winterize Your Ride in Madison, WI

See one or more ways Zimbrick can whip your car into shape for the winter months? Schedule a service appointment at any of our 16 locations in the Madison, Wisconsin, metro area. We want to make winter the most wonderful time of the year for you.


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