Winter Car Maintenance and Preparation Helena MT

Looking for Winter Car Maintenance and Preparation in Helena? We have compiled a list of businesses and services around Helena that should help you with your search. We hope this page helps you find Winter Car Maintenance and Preparation in Helena.

Helena Body & Paint Frame Repair
(406) 430-1106
829 N Warren St
Helena, MT
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Painting, Rustproofing
Service Types and Repair
Auto Aluminum, Auto Frame, Collision, Dent

Ace Carburetor & Electric Service
(406) 442-3001
3119 Cooney Drive
Helena, MT
Services
Auto Air Conditioning & Heating Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair
Hours
Open Mon-Fri
Products
Brakes, Shocks, Struts

OReilly Auto Parts
(406) 443-1981
2433 N Montana Avenue
Helena, MT
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Clutch Repair

Special Eds Auto Svc
(406) 442-1017
2815 N Dodge Avenue
Helena, MT
 
Helenas Pit Stop
(406) 449-2048
915 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Northwest Battery & Electric
(406) 443-4090
3005 Prospect Avenue
Helena, MT
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Electrical Systems Service & Repair, Storage Batteries Retail, Batteries Wholesale & Manufacturers
Hours
Open Mon-Fri
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

Great Northern Carwash
(406) 431-0941
931 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Services
Car Detailing

Capital City Tire Factory
(406) 442-9300
715 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Services
Alignment Repair,Tune up Repair

Town PUMP Food Store
(406) 443-3730
1240 Prospect Ave
Helena, MT
Services
Service Stations,Gas Stations,Convenience Stores

Wal-Mart Supercenter
(406) 457-2351
2750 Prospect Ave
Helena, MT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

By DriverSide

When temperatures start to drop, it’s time to get your car ready for winter. The right maintenance, preparation and tools can be literal lifesavers in harsh conditions.



Regular Maintenance
Now’s the time to get your car up to speed on all of its regular maintenance. That means taking care of any fluids that may have been neglected while you were out enjoying the summer sun or going in for that 60,000-mile tune-up if you’re due. Check, change and/or top off your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluid as needed. In the case of your oil or automatic transmission, make sure you get a high-quality filter, too. It may seem like overkill to take care of all of your fluids at once, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Take a look at the car’s brakes too. Are your rotors warped or cracked? Do they have deep grooves or are the pads worn close to their minimum clearance? Your vehicle will be experiencing harsher conditions soon, so nip any potential problems in the bud now. Make sure all your lights are working properly to ensure good visibility. New bulbs only cost a few dollars and are easy to install yourself or easy to have installed when getting your vehicle serviced. The same goes for windshield wipers. If your blades are more than six months old, odds are it’s time to swap them out for new ones. And don’t forget to fill the washer fluid reservoir with freeze resistant wiper fluid.

Check your tires and consider winter tires
Go ahead and have your tires rotated and inspected. The last thing you need in cold, wet weather is to be driving on bald or dry rotted tires. Err on the side of caution and replace any tires that are too worn.

We’d recommend looking into snow (or winter) tires, depending on your location or length of time you’ll be spending in the snow. Winter tires are made with special low temperature resilient rubber compounds and have deep treads that grip unplowed snow and ice. Even the best all-season tires have compounds that get more brittle as the temperature drops, and when that happens, the tires tend to grip less. The winter tire compound remains pliable when temperatures are low, retaining grip and keeping the car’s safety systems, like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes, functioning properly.

At this time, also check to make sure your spare tire has enough air in it. Once you’ve made sure everything looks good, take a look at your tire pressure. With everything up to spec, you’ll get better gas mileage and your vehicle will handle and stop better.

Protect the interior
You can’t discount the impact weather can have on the interior of your vehicle either. If you’re going to spend a lot of time ducking in and out of the elements, you might want to grab some all-weather floor mats. They’re easy to...

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