Now that we’re well into November, temperatures have already dropped down into the 30s here in the Merrimack, NH region. As New Hampshire drivers likely already know, winter brings a unique set of driving challenges, including plenty of ice, snow, and salt. Besides getting acclimated to driving in rough winter conditions, MINI drivers should also head into the MINI service center at our dealership to schedule a maintenance appointment before the worst weather hits. Here are some things that our professional mechanics will look at during your appointment.

Battery Check: One of the car parts that is affected most by the cold is the battery. Cold temperatures greatly reduce the cranking power of a battery, so have your battery tested at our repair shop to make sure that it doesn’t need to be recharged or replaced. The last thing you want on a cold winter morning is a dead battery when you’re trying to get to work.

Wiper Blades: Performance tests have showed that even the best-performing wiper blades begin to lose their effectiveness after six months. With all the salt on the roads during the winter, your car’s windshield can easily get dirty, and functional wiper blades are essential for safety. If you’re noticing streaks or missed expanses of glass on your windshield, it’s time for replacement.

Oil Change: Cold weather can be tough on your car’s engine. Motor oil thickens when the mercury drops, which makes it harder for the engine to turn over. For maximum effectiveness, use a synthetic oil blend and also have the radiator and heater hoses checked for cracks, leaks, or contamination from oil and grease.

Stop by our MINI dealership serving Merrimack, NH for a winter service checkup from our professional mechanics today.