bmw-in-snowDriving in the Bay Area during winter is a beautiful experience.  The surrounding mountains and hills turn from gold to green.  The fog and overcast skies bring some seasonal diversity that is missed during the summer. The winter weather can test the limits of your Mercedes or BMW mechanical ability and create treacherous driving conditions can test your ability as a driver.

There are some auto maintenance jobs and safety checks that are specific to chilled air and winter driving. To make sure you do not have to forgo some holiday presents this year, thanks to unexpected auto repairs, have our technicians look under the hood to be sure things are in top shape with your European Car. As with any change of season, you should go to your regular maintenance log to make sure your car is up-to-date on the maintenance items that should be taken care of throughout the year. The change of season is an ideal time to go through some once-a-year or twice-a-year auto maintenance tasks.


Inspect your oil: This should be done at least monthly. But in case you suffer from amnesia…it is advised to get an oil change as well.

Inspect your brakes:  Brakes are not a good area to cut corners. Be sure your brakes have enough meat left on them to get you through the season.

Inspect your tires: Winter is not the time to get cheap about your tires, so take the time to check the tread depth. The old penny test is as reliable as anything to find out whether your treads are ready for winter action. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure. Believe it or not, they lose a little pressure when it gets cold.

Inspect your battery: The cold weather can dramatically reduce a battery’s available starting power, so have the vehicle’s starting and charging system tested every three months or during every oil change.

Inspect your spark plugs: Cracked up plug wires affect performance, gas mileage and general reliability. Be sure yours are in top shape.

Inspect your antifreeze: This is the juice that goes in your radiator and is an essential part or your car’s winter protection. You did remember to perform a radiator flush last spring, didn’t you?

Inspect your wipers: How many times have you experienced a windshield that is smeared with insects, bird droppings, road tar or other messy deposits? Removing them with worn wiper blades is nearly impossible. Usually, you wind up smearing the mess and obscuring your vision even more. If you change your blades regularly, you can avoid these problems and keep your eyes on the road.

Inspect your washer fluid: You’ll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield sparkly. Tip: Don’t fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won’t freeze!

Keeping your Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Volkwagen regularly serviced during temperature changes will keep your car out of the shop and prevent repairs that can become costly.  Our staff at European Car Repair is experienced enough to spot problems and give you a recommendation that will meet your budget.

Come in before it gets too cold!