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How Can I Winterize My BMW?

Winter is a test of endurance for drivers and their vehicles. Sometimes the car door freezes shut or the battery dies; other times moisture builds up inside or windows need to be de-iced. And that’s before you even get on the road and have to deal with slippery snow and ice. Most problems that winter brings can be avoided with a few preventive measures. If you are looking for information about how you can winterize your BMW, then you have come to the right place at Pfaff BMW Markham. At our Markham dealership, we have a large selection of BMW vehicles that are perfect winter companions. In this article, we share some information about how you can winterize your BMW vehicle this season. 

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Change your tires 

Winter tires drastically reduce your braking distance and make driving on winter roads much safer. Thanks to their special tread, they provide significantly more grip in snow, mud, and icy conditions than summer or all-season tires. Winter tires have deeper and wider grooves that cling to the road. As a result, they have a 25 percent shorter braking distance on a snow-covered road than summer tires. Click here to learn more about our winter wheel packages at Pfaff BMW Markham! 

Change you windshield wiper blades

Do your wipers leave streaks and smears or do they make that annoying squeaking sound? If so, it’s time to change your wiper blades in order to winterize your car. Good visibility is particularly important in winter. If you have streaks on your windshield, the headlights of oncoming cars could temporarily dazzle you.

Make sure your battery is fully charged 

Car batteries are one of the main reasons for roadside breakdowns, often failing in cold weather and leaving you unable to start your engine. In order to avoid this, here are a couple of tips for your winter check:

  • If your battery is old, consider swapping it out for a new one in the fall. 
  • Have your battery checked by a professional to see how much charge still has (or doesn’t have).

Fill your antifreeze 

Check whether there’s enough antifreeze in the engine coolant. If it freezes, you may end up damaging your engine. Normally your garage will check whether there’s enough antifreeze in the coolant during an inspection. But if you’ve added water to it, for instance, then you need to add more antifreeze. Check your windshield wiper fluid. If it freezes, you may end up with dangerously low visibility. Road salt that dries on your windshield can completely obscure your view. This is why you should put enough antifreeze in your wiper fluid so the hoses and nozzles don’t freeze. 

The above mentioned are just a few of the ways that you can winterize your BMW vehicle this season. We encourage you to schedule a service appointment at Pfaff BMW Markham to have your BMW winterized by our professional technicians. 

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