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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

Getting Ready for Winter

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter at Corwin

If there's one thing drivers from Fargo, Moorhead, Wahepeton, Detroit Lakes and Grand Forks know, it's winter. That's why the knowledgeable, friendly and affordable parts and service team here at Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is here to help you get your car, truck or SUV in great shape for the approaching freeze. What things do area professionals, families and small business need to do to keep their vehicle or fleet of vehicles in great shape for the winter? Read on to learn more.

Winter Tires The tread compound utilized by tire manufacturers in summer and all-season tires doesn't just offer less traction than winter tires, but can break down quicker in cold temperatures. That's why upgrading to winter tires— particularly studded winter tires— is sound advice no matter what kind of vehicle you drive.

New Wiper Blades Sure, your summer wipers did great in the rain. But can they hold up to the deep freeze? Similar to tires, compounds used to construct all-season and summer wiper blades simply don't hold up to conditions when the mercury drops. Winter wiper blades can go a long away to enhancing your visibility and avoiding mishaps on winter roadways.

Fresh BatteryIf you don't remember the last time your battery was maintained or replaced, fall is the best time to have a look. As the power plant for all your vehicle's functions, insuring you have a fresh battery means never having to worry about trouble starting or lapses in power that can slow you down in sub-zero conditions.

Fresh FluidsAnti-freeze, coolant and wiper blade fluid are often your vehicle's first defense against the pitfalls of winter driving. Not only do they keep every facet of your powertrain running smoothly, winterizing your car's fluids can also fend off breakdowns and malfunctions across the systems.

Don't get left out in the cold! Schedule an appointment online today with the knowledgeable parts and service experts here at our Fargo car dealership. And remember, while we utilize Mopar certified parts and accessories for all our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep-brand and RAM repairs and modifications, we've been working on vehicles across the Fargo community for years, regardless of their make or model. Let it snow, and make sure your family is safe by visiting our Service Center today.

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Car Battery

Winter Maintenance Tips: Keep Your Battery Running Strong

Know the Warning Signs Staggered starts, dimming lights, poor electronics response— these are all signs your battery might need charging or replacing. If you notice such warning signs now, it's better to have them inspected sooner than later.

Don't Doubt, Check it Out Sure, your battery might look like it's in fine shape after all that summer travel. But it's wise to have it surveyed by one of our parts and service professionals before temperatures drop. Our team has access to a wide range of diagnostic equipment to insure your battery will last all winter through.

Stay in Charge with a Battery Charger Utilizing a battery charger is key to maintaining charge levels and keeping your battery in optimum condition. In fact, traveling with a battery charger that is certified for your vehicle is a good idea as well in the event of an emergency situation.

Stay Able, Check Those Cables Even if your battery passes our comprehensive testing, it's important to take a look yourself from time to time to ensure cables are connected and without corrosion, and secured firmly to the battery itself

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Wiper Blades

Wipe Away the Winter Blues at Corwin

  1. Turn your wipers upside down to see if the rubber is leaning. It should be centered.
  2. Consider investing in wipers that are arched (instead of straight with hinges that allow it to curve).
  3. Make sure the windshield washer fluid is rated to -20 degrees so it won't freeze in sub 32 degree weather.

Don't try and wipe away winter snow, sleet and ice with those worn out old wiper blades. Vist the parts and service experts here at Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and choose from our huge array of wiper blades that are specially designed for sub-zero conditions.

Sure, the wipers on your car, truck or SUV did great in the rain this summer and fall. But can they hold up to the deep freeze? Probably not. That's because similar to tires, compounds used to construct all-season and summer wiper blades simply don't hold up to conditions when the temperature drops. Winter wiper blades can go a long way to enhancing your visibility and avoiding mishaps on winter roadways.

Keep your sights clear and your tires on the road in all your travels in and around West Fargo, Moorhead, Wahepeton, Detroit Lakes and Grand Forks this winter by paying a visit to our Service Center today for all your car, truck and SUV winter maintenance needs.

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Radiator

Radiator Winterization in West Fargo

  1. Check for cracks
  2. Check the coolant/antifreeze level and change if needed

Just because the temperature has fallen doesn't mean your car can't overheat this winter. A fully-functioning engine cooling system is in fact vital to your car, truck or SUV no matter what the temperature— but it's extreme temperatures that you need to be ready for —and that includes the annual deep freeze drivers from Fargo, Moorhead, Wahepeton, Detroit Lakes and Grand Forks know and love.

The parts and service experts here at Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM have all the parts, tools and knowledge to ensure that your vehicle's radiator is ready for the winter ahead. In addition to checking fluid levels in your vehicle's coolant system, we'll also drain and flush your antifreeze system to free it from dirt and contaminants that can build up over time.

Also, our team of radiator experts will visually inspect your radiator tank for very small pinholes or punctures that could present a problem down the road. We also check your radiator and water system caps for tight seals— because a tight fit is what makes your vehicle's radiator system happy!

Visit our car dealership's Service Center today to get your car, truck or SUV ready for the long winter ahead. Our friendly team of parts and service pros will have you ready for the deep freeze no matter what year, make or model you drive.

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Tires

Greater Fargo's Winter Tire Experts

  1. Consider investing in winter tires or snow tires
  2. Check the tread depth
  3. Check the air pressure
  4. Rotate your tires if you haven't done so in the last couple of months

There's a lot of myth out there surrounding winter tires. Do winter tires actually work? Do winter tires present a significant upgrade over summer or all-season tires? The answer is an empathic yes. That's why the Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM team is encouraging drivers from across West Fargo, Moorhead, Wahepeton, Detroit Lakes and Grand Forks to upgrade their tires with us this winter. No matter what car, truck or SUV you drive, our selection of winter tires has something for every driver, from commercial vehicles to city-oriented sedans and everything in between.

Why are winter tires so important? The tread compound utilized by tire manufacturers in summer and all-season tires doesn't just offer less traction than winter tires, but can also break down quicker in colder temperatures. That's why upgrading to winter tires— particularly studded winter tires— is sound advice no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. Studded tires add another key layer between you and the icy road.

Come learn why drivers from Fargo and surrounds rely on the parts and service experts in our Service Center to get their winter skids installed, maintained and upgraded. We offer fast, efficient and affordable winter tire upgrades to keep you, your passengers and your fellow drivers safe in all winter conditions. We'll even tailor your winter tires to your exact driving habits, so that you have the exact pair of winter skids no matter what make or model drive.

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Brakes

Fargo's Brake Repair Specialists

  1. Get your brakes checked if they are noisy and/or have a delayed response
  2. Never slam on your brakes if the roads are icy
  3. Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you - in case your vehicle starts sliding
  4. Accelerate slowly to reduce the chances of losing control of your vehicle

Don't slide around all winter! If your brakes are worn, it takes little more than a drop in the temperature until you realize it. Keeping your car, truck or SUV's brakes in good shape is key to keeping you and fellow drivers safe on the road— especially during the colder months That's why the team here at Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM welcomes you to rely on our knowledgeable parts and service pros to get your brakes in tip-top shape for the long winter ahead. Our knowledge of brakes, pads and rotors are just another reason why drivers from West Fargo, Moorhead, Wahepeton, Detroit Lakes and Grand Forks always get their vehicle ready for winter with us.

What are some signs that your brake pads and rotors are in need of a replacement? The most obvious trait is a noticeable lack of response when stopping. But other symptoms such as odors as well as squeezing, grinding and whistling noises are also signs that your brake pads need replacing.

In addition to brake upkeep, there are several other precautions you can take to avoid an accident this winter season. Be sure to keep plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you, accelerate slowly after red lights and stop signs and never slam on your brakes in icy conditions!

Regardless of your vehicle's make and model, our parts and service will inspect your brakes for safety and get you back on the road in no-time. Questions or interest in appointment availability? Contact us today to put an end to your brake woes today, and drive with new found confidence this winter.

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