Winterizing your car with Simbol Auto Glass and Weathertech
November 16, 2020at5:00 AM
Between the heavy snows, freezing temperatures, and frequent ice buildup, Michigan residents understand that the winter months are tough on local vehicles. That’s why experts recommend properly preparing yours before that first freeze arrives. Luckily, Simbol Auto Glass and Weathertech have partnered together to provide tailored solutions to keep you safe while out on the roads this winter.
How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter
1. Repair Chipped or Cracked Auto Glass
Without the necessary repairs, even a small chip can develop into a large crack during the cold winter months. The tiny opening allows moisture to penetrate the auto glass, and that puts it at risk of being damaged by the freeze/thaw cycle. When it’s warmer outside, the water gets inside the glass, but when temperatures drop and the water freezes, it expands, making the chips or cracks worse. Plus, the added weight of snow building up on the glass puts more pressure on it and exasperates the issue. These problems are avoidable if you schedule repairs before winter officially arrives.
2. Install a Remote Starter
The last thing you want when temperatures start to dip down to the 30s and 20s is to have to wait for the car to warm up and start filling the cabin with heated air. Remote starters make that a problem of the past. These devices are compatible with most makes and models, and they give you the ability to turn the car on and warm up without having to step outside. It’s also a helpful way to melt any snow or ice accumulated on the windshield before you even get into the car.
3. Switch Out the Windshield Wiper Fluid
Not all windshield wiper fluids perform the same function, and certain versions are better suited for Michigan drivers in the winter months. Solutions designated as “all-season” fluids tend to freeze when the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and below. That’s problematic because the freezing liquid expands and can crack the reservoir or damage the pump. Find an option with a lower freezing point that’s better suited for colder weather, and consider purchasing one that uses alcohol to easily de-ice the windshield.
4. Insert Winter Accessories
It’s not just the exterior of the vehicle that’s imperiled by harsh winter weather. People often drag snow, mud, ice, and road salts into the vehicle when they’re entering, and these elements stain the interior and lead to water damage. The Simbol Auto Glass Weathertech accessories keep the vehicle’s interior safe and protected from these issues. They carry an impressive selection of seat covers, trunk liners, and all-weather floor mats that are customized to individual makes and models, so they can find the perfect solution to keep your car safe all winter long.
5. Upgrade the Windshield Wipers
The right set of windshield wipers ensures you always have a clear view of the road no matter how inclement the weather is outside. Replace your standard set with one specifically designed to handle winter snow and ice. Winter wipers have a sturdier frame covered by thick rubber, so snow and ice can’t clog them up and diminish their efficiency. The synthetic material is also more resistant to wear and tear in freezing temperatures.
Let us get your vehicle ready for winter!
Simbol Auto Glass and Weathertech have everything you need to ensure your car is prepared for the harsh winter months. Schedule an appointment at one of our four convenient locations in Shelby Twp., Hazel Park, Waterford, and Wyandotte, MI, or visit us online to learn more.