Keep Your Cadillac Clean This Winter

When the snow first starts to fall, the world looks so clean and bright. Then everything gets slushy and dirty, including your Cadillac. Consider these tips to help keep your Cadillac clean this winter as you explore Ballwin, Missouri, and beyond.

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Invest in some quality mats.

If you’ve held off on investing in rubber mats for your car, now might be the time to spend the money. While carpeted mats look great, rubber mats are waterproof. When you get home after piling in with snowy shoes, you can easily dump the water out of rubber mats and rinse them out.

Wash it.

It might seem counterintuitive in cold weather, but make sure that you keep your car’s exterior washed in the winter. Salt from the roads can really hurt your Cadillac vehicle’s paint and cause rust on the underbody.

Consider snow foam.

Cleaning the salt off your car can damage the exterior of your vehicle if you don’t do it right, as the abrasive grit can leave tiny scratches along your paint. Consider looking into snow foam and applying it before your usual soap. This special layer can also help keep your car looking cleaner longer.

Wax on.

Applying wax to your vehicle’s exterior can help protect it from winter before the season even begins. This protective later makes it more difficult for grit and grime to reach your paint in the first place.

Contact us at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin if you need help keeping your Cadillac in tip-top shape. And remember to schedule a winter service appointment for your ride, if you still need to do so.

Snow Tires Vs. All-Season Tires

Service Technician changing tire on a Cadillac

We know the statement is worn out, but winter really is coming. When you’re shopping for a new pair of boots for you, should you also get your car its own fancy winter footwear? Learn more about the difference between regular and snow tires and make a decision quick — news reports suggest that snow tires might be in short supply this season.

All-season tire advantages

As the name implies, all-season tires are a one-size-fits-all solution for your driving needs. The best examples of these types of tires are made to handle all types of weather with their multiple tread types and overall construction.

Besides being built to tackle all sorts of weather, the construction of all-season tires helps them last longer than a dedicated winter tire. Their versatility also means that you don’t have to seasonally change them out, like you do for snow tires.

Snow tire advantages

Snow tires — also known as winter tires — are specifically made for colder weather. They stay soft in lower temperatures for a better grip on the wet or icy ground, and the treads are specifically designed to handle slush and other winter precipitation. Whereas all-season tire treads can get packed with snow, these winter warriors are made to direct it off of the tire for better performance.  Not only do they provide better traction in the winter than all-season tires, they also were made to stop the vehicle better in icy conditions.

Unfortunately, the softer nature of winter tires means that warmer weather (and warmer pavement) makes them wear out quicker.

You should make a decision based on where and how you drive in the winter. Contact our service department if you have any questions.

How To Tell When You Need New Tires

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What is the most important safety feature on your Cadillac? While your first instinct might be to say something like your brakes, rearview camera, or even automatic emergency braking, the answer is your tires. Your tires are the only things that keep you in contact with the road. If even one of your tires fail, you are going to have a hard time stopping and staying in control, which is why it is so important to know when it is time to get new tires for your Cadillac.

Check the Tread

The grooves in your tires are called the tread. The tread pattern helps give you traction by cutting through anything on the road and keeping your car steady. Over time, the rubber will wear down and the tread will not be as effective. Your tread should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep. To measure the tread, take a penny and put it in between the grooves with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too shallow, and you need new tires. Do this in multiple places on all four tires.

Tire Age

Regardless of the tread depth, the rubber that makes up your tires will eventually break down. Most tire manufacturers recommend that you replace your tires every ten years.

Managing car maintenance can be difficult, but we’ve got your back. If you have any questions, stop by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and we’ll get your ride road-ready in no time.