Frequently Asked Questions: Winter Maintenance | Leesburg

Why Is Winter Service and Maintenance Important for Leesburg, VA Area Drivers?

From your next regularly scheduled service appointment to having a recent issue fixed, at Dulles Motorcars Subaru, our service technicians are here to provide you with the professional and convenient Subaru service that you need everyday of the year! One of the best ways to ensure you're getting the most out of your vehicle all year round is to bring it in for winter servicing. In Leesburg, VA and all over Fairfax and Manassas, winter weather can move in on us in an instant, bring frigid cold, rain, sleet, snow and ice all unexpectedly. While your Subaru vehicle is designed to conquer all types of weather, it's important that you have your vehicle serviced before the winter to address the areas that are going to allow your vehicle to excel and keep you safe regardless of what the weather looks like outside. We encourage you to learn about winter service and its important through some frequently asked winter service questions and answers, allowing you to get a feel for why it's important and what your vehicle may need the next time winter rolls around in Winchester and Middleburg.

What Are the Best Ways to Prepare My Vehicle For Winter in Leesburg, VA?

  • Oil Change: It's always important to change your motor oil when the recommended mileage intervals come up, but winter is a great time to change your oil, especially if you're switching from conventional to synthetic oil. Synthetic motor oil flows better at colder temperatures than conventional motor oil does, allowing it to do its job of protecting and lubricating your engine without having to warm up first.
  • Check and Address Your Battery: Here in Leesburg and all over Virginia, the intense summer heat can do a number on your battery, which is why batteries tend to fail once the colder weather moves in in the winter. To avoid getting stranded on the side of the road this winter, we encourage you to test your battery and the charging system to ensure that your battery is properly charged at all times. If it isn't you should have your battery changed as soon as possible so you don't find yourself needing a jump start every time you have somewhere to go.
  • Inspect Your Tires: Even though we don't get tons of snow in the winter around Middelburg and Manassas, that doesn't mean that tire tread isn't still important. If your tires are looking worn down, check to see if a tire rotation can increase their lifespan by switching your worn front-tires with your deeper tread rear tires. Beyond traction, when it gets colder, you start to lose air pressure. It's important to inspect your tires and make sure that they have the proper air pressure or else your tires could wear down faster, be less fuel efficient and decrease your handling and traction.
  • Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades: Visibility is key during winter. Whether it's raining or snowing, you want to make sure that your wiper blades are effective in providing you with good visibility at all times. You also want to fill your windshield washer tank with deicing fluid to help clear away your windshield from dirt, grime, snow and salt.

Schedule a Subaru Service Appointment Online at Dulles Motorcars Subaru!

When winter starts approaching, we encourage you to schedule a service appointment online or come see our expert technicians at Dulles Motorcars Subaru to have any and every winter service issue taken care of today! From oil changes to battery replacements and everything in between, we're here to keep your vehicle performing at the highest level long into the future.

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