How can I prepare my car for the winter?
Winter can wreak havoc on vehicles, causing accidents and engine problems. To ensure that your vehicle can perform properly in the snow and ice, you should prepare these various parts of your car for the winter:
Before snow and ice cover the roads, you should inspect your vehicle’s tires to make sure they are in good condition for winter driving. Check that the tread has not worn down, there are no wires sticking out, no holes or tears, and that the air and tire pressure is correct. Tires that show signs of wear or other problems should be replaced. Certain types of tires may need to be replaced with tires that are designed to drive in the snow and ice. If you have a driveway or road that is hard to travel in the winter, or a vehicle that does not do well in the snow, you may want to consider putting chains on the tires. Chains will help small and lightweight vehicles catch traction and help them climb hills and drive better in the snow and ice.
It is important to maintain the fluids in your vehicle at all times, but especially in the winter. Make sure the antifreeze reservoir is full. If you have not changed the antifreeze in the last six months, it will need to be drained and new antifreeze will need to be added. Check the windshield wiper reservoir to make sure there is fluid. This will be needed to melt ice and snow from your windows during the winter.
Make sure the windshield wipers are in good condition. Some types of windshield wipers are made for winter weather. These types are usually bigger and more durable than regular wipers, so they can hold up to ice and snow. Replace damaged or lightweight wipers to prepare them for winter.
Make sure your batter is completely charge and the battery posts are clean. This will prevent your car from stalling and stranding you in the cold weather.
Brakes and rotors need to be checked thoroughly before winter. Brakes that are well maintained and working properly will help the car stop easier on snowy and icy roads.
Under the Hood
Check the basic fluids and parts under the hood. Check your oil to make sure it is clean. If it seems too dark or thin, have it changed. Check that your transmission fluid reservoir is full so your transmission can function properly. Check each spark plug to make sure they are firing properly and will not cause your vehicle to misfire or stall.
If you have questions about preparing your car for the winter or if the winter has already caused damage to your car, feel free to schedule an appointment to make sure you car continues to function properly all season.