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Oct 26, 2015

6 Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Winter

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Routine car maintenance is one of the best ways that you can improve your fuel economy, reduce pollution, and catch small problems before they become serious. Beyond this, it is important to tune your car for the different seasons of the year, as your safety can depend on well prepared you are for the weather.

Car Ready For Winter

As the cold weather approaches, there are a few things you can do to get your car ready for winter driving, including:

  1. Schedule a maintenance check-up

    Preventative maintenance is critical. Ensure that your brakes, wipers, battery, cooling system and A/C, lights, bulbs and fuses, belts and hoses, suspension, and the electrical and exhaust systems are in great condition. For the coolant, ensure a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water has been used. You may also choose to replace dirty filters – air, fuel, oil, and PVC, and perform an oil change.

  2. Install winter blades

    Change your wiper blades to the heavier winter blades so they can push snow and ice more easily.

  3. Put on your winter tires

    Replace your summer tires with winter ones to provide better traction in slush, snow, and icy conditions. Before installing the tires, check for wear and tire air pressure, and repeat the checks on a regular basis as it decreases in cold weather.

  4. Keep your fuel tank topped-up

    This helps to prevent condensation and moist air from inside the tank, which can major problems like frozen fuel lines.

  5. Pack a winter survival kit

    Things can be a little more difficult if you get stranded during winter, so you may want to pack a few essential items, including:

    • Emergency kit containing first aid supplies, blankets, and non-perishable food
    • Power bank
    • Fuel line antifreeze
    • Windshield scraper, snow brush, and extra windshield washer fluid
    • Tire chains and gloves
    • Flares, lighter, and matches
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Battery jumper cables
    • Shovel and traction mat, sand, or kitty litter
    • Extra clothing and footwear
    • Spare tire, jack, and wheel wrench
    • Shovel and traction mat
    • De-icer – in case your car doors freeze shut
    • Boots
  6. Get your car detailed

    This is not a particularly important step, but if you’re concerned about your car’s paint job, you may consider waxing the body panels to protect the paint job from salt and snow damage.

Finally, if you drive a four-wheel, you should check the status of your drive system to ensure that it is working properly, especially since many drivers don’t need their 4WD systems in the sunny months. For more information on how to protect your car over the colder months, talk to the Service Plus team today!


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