And now our month Car Care Tip courtesy of Tommy Tuneup!

No one really wants to think about it right now. The memories of walks on the beach, playing in parks, the refreshment of a dip in the swimming pool and other warm-weather pursuits are still fresh in our minds. Unfortunately – and someone has to say it – winter weather is only a few months ahead.

According to the Car Care Council, almost three-fourths of all motorists on the road don’t prepare the automobiles for winter weather. Most of the time, these are the folks you see along the side of the road when the first arctic blast hits the mid-Atlantic.

And now our month Car Care Tip courtesy of Tommy Tuneup!
September is the time to begin winterizing your car.

No one really wants to think about it right now. The memories of walks on the beach, playing in parks, the refreshment of a dip in the swimming pool and other warm-weather pursuits are still fresh in our minds. Unfortunately – and someone has to say it – winter weather is only a few months ahead.

According to the Car Care Council, almost three-fourths of all motorists on the road don’t prepare the automobiles for winter weather. Most of the time, these are the folks you see along the side of the road when the first arctic blast hits the mid-Atlantic.

While we can’t guarantee you won’t have a breakdown, Tom Ivey and the professionals at Tysons Auto Specialties can certainly provide good advice to minimize the chance for an unexpected roadside stop.

When it comes to winterizing your care, you can trust Tysons to provide top quality service through the highly-acclaimed BG Cooling System Service. Here are the questions you need to discuss with Tom and his crew in preparation for colder temperatures.

1. Do I need to have my cooling system flushed and filled?

Cooling system problems is the number one cause for breakdowns in cold weather. A flush and fill, performed by Tysons Auto Specialties, is a great preventative for problems in the future. Draining and re-filling your radiator does not protect enough as rust, grease, soil or other sediments can get into the system. In addition, you car’s coolant naturally undergoes a chemical breakdown over time. Only a full flush and fill will take care of both contaminants and chemical breakdown.

The Car Care Council recommends that this be performed every two years or 24,000, whichever comes first.

2. Do I need to replace my radiator cap?

The radiator cap is the unsung hero of your cooling system. It does more than just keep your coolant in the radiator. It also increases the pressure of the cooling system, raising the boiling point of the anti-freeze, preventing boil-overs.

Radiator caps don’t last forever. They need to be changed periodically, normally at the same time as your flush and fill. You can also trust the Tysons Auto pros to be sure your car is outfitted with the correct cap for the make, model and year.

3. Do I need to replace my thermostat?

Your thermostat controls the flow of coolant through the engine. When your thermostat fails, you are in for major problems, particularly from an engine that is overheating.

You can’t see the thermostat, but it is a vital part of your cooling system. Often, the thermostat is replaced at the same time as your hoses, which we’ll discuss next.

4. Do I need to replace any hoses or clamps?

Hoses work hard when your engine is running. The rubber can become brittle and even develop bulges just from normal use. They can also become spongy.

An external examination of your hoses simply doesn’t tell the whole story. As the anti-freeze breaks down, it can deteriorate the interior of your hoses which would not be visible.

The last thing you want is to sit on the side of the road with your brand new flush and fill sprayed all over the engine compartment.

Ask Tom about your hose clamps, too! They can weaken, producing leaks and pressure loss. The normal rule is – new hoses mean new clamps.

Call Tysons Auto Specialities today and set up an appointment to winterize your car.

Remember our $69.95 Same-day Service Special…

Call Tysons Auto Specialties today at (703) 893-1860 and set up an appointment.

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