Winter is coming, and it’s time to prepare your vehicle for the season. You’ve survived summer with your air conditioning running full blast, but now you need to get ready for the coldest months of the year. Depending on where you live, winter can be a brutal experience that requires specific precautions – or even an entire transformation!
Fortunately, for us here in the South, winters aren’t usually that bad. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive. Freezing temperatures, Ice storms and snow can and do happen here in the winter. Following some of the steps below can save you time, money, and even embarrassment come this winter.
Here are some great tips to winterize your car or truck;
- Change your engine oil and filter, if needed. If you’re due for an oil change anyway, now is a great time to do it – before the weather gets cold. The thinner winter oils work better in colder temperatures than thicker summer ones do.
- Replace the cabin air filter.
- Check your tire pressure and add any needed air or change your tires if necessary, before cold weather sets in (cold temperatures can increase the risk of underinflated tires). If you’re going to be driving a lot on snow and ice this winter, consider getting an all-wheel drive vehicle.
- Drain your windshield washer fluid and replace it with a winter version that can resist freezing.
- Top of the engine, transmission, and both differentials with fresh oil to prevent them from seizing up during severe weather.
- Fill the gas tank to help avoid condensation being added to your fuel.
- Check all door locks and windows for proper operation, lubricate them if needed with graphite or Teflon spray (do not use WD40).
- Repair any windshield wiper blades that are streaking, looking worn down, or have rubber chunks missing.
-Consider snow tires. They can be expensive, but are worth their weight in gold with snow on the ground!
-Check the air pressure in your spare tire and all other tires, if you have a full size matching spare.
- Check the anti-freeze levels to make sure they are sufficient for those colder temperatures.
Now that we have covered some of the important aspects to consider, it’s time to start thinking about your car care needs this Winter! We hope you found these tips helpful and will begin preparing now so that everything is ready when the first cold fronts roll through.