The winter season brings darker, wetter, and colder days. These elements make your Saab work hard, so now is the time for winter maintenance at an official Saab service center.
In addition to getting the best service for your vehicle at an official service center, you can also get a free Saab knit hat or baseball cap. Just submit the form below after your winterization service at an official service center.
An official service center is the only place you can get genuine Saab service with Saab Original parts, so bring your Saab to one of our official service centers for a winterization service. With a winterization service, many of your vehicle’s vital parts and systems – such as windshield wipers, brakes, and tires – will be checked over to make sure everything is in optimal working order. While exact services will vary from service center to service center, here are some key systems to check and maintain in the winter.
Visibility is Vital
No matter the climate, the days become shorter and darker in the winter. Whether you’re driving on wet, snowy, or muddy roads, excellent visibility improves your driving response time.
To ensure you have a clear line of sight, you should test and repair the following:
- Wiper blades. If the blades are streaking your windshield or are stiff or cracked, it’s time to replace them.
- Wipers and wiper motor. Ensure the wipers aren’t loose or missing a small part. Listen to the windshield wiper motor for any unusual noises. Braving a ride through winter backsplash without high-functioning wipers is never a good idea.
- Windshield wiper fluid. If you’re driving in a cold climate, make sure to fill the reservoir with an antifreeze wiper fluid.
- Headlights and brake lights. Check for dimming or burned out bulbs. To see clearly and to be seen, replace any faulty lights.
- Defroster. Check both the windshield and rear defrosters as soon as the temperatures drop.
Before temperatures really drop, your car’s battery, cooling system, and engine must be inspected.
- Battery. Colder weather demands more from your battery, so it needs to be performing optimally. Have a trusted car care center – such as an official Saab service center – check the battery to see how long it will hold a charge. Make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and that you have jumper cables in the trunk.
- Radiator. It’s best to have a professional check your radiator fluid and flush the radiator if necessary. At minimum, check the antifreeze and fill the radiator with a 50/50 antifreeze. This helps protect your engine against corrosion.
- Belts and Hoses. If the hoses or belts feel brittle or too soft, replace them. Inspect them for cracks, grease, and leaks. Hoses are vital to the cooling system and if a belt stops moving, the car stops, too.
- Engine. Consider a pre-winter oil change. Fresh oil always lubricates the engine better than old oil.
Safe Travel and Safe Stops
During the winter months, safe travel requires good tires and excellent brakes. For strong traction and less skidding, check these items off your list:
- Tires. Check the tread on all-season tires to make sure there’s enough grip for wet or snowy conditions. If the wear is too much, replace them as soon as possible. A tire rotation may also be a good option. If you live in a particularly snowy or mountainous area, consider switching to snow tires. If chains are required for travel in your region, be sure to have a set in the trunk.
- Brakes. Both wet and icy roads are slippery, so stopping requires some finesse and excellent brakes. Sudden stops on wet or snowy roads is never advisable, but knowing the brakes, ABS or not, are in the best working order will offer drivers peace of mind. Be sure to get the brakes inspected when winterizing your Saab.
Remember, Saab Official Service Centers are the only place for genuine Saab service with Saab Original parts. And if you get a winterization service at an official Saab service center, fill out the form to claim your Saab knit hat or baseball cap.