Winter is approaching which means it’s time to start preparing your car for the cold weather. that means more than just winter tires. You will want to start by checking the fluids in your car.
Coolant is the most important. You want to make sure it has the right mixture to prevent your engine from freezing and damaging the radiator when it gets cold.
As the weather gets colder, your car’s battery has to work harder to start the engine. So you should check the battery, cables, and terminals. The battery cables shouldn’t have cracks and the cables should fit snuggly on the terminal posts. Along with the battery you will want to check the spark plugs and wires.
Steve Bidoli, the Service Manager from Five Star had this to say on batteries in the winter time, “It’s always the worst time of the year whenever you go out to start your car, in the coldest day, it never fails, that battery doesn’t work. you’re late for work, you’re stranded where you’re at, struggling to get your car started, calling the tow service, waiting, frustration, so be prepared with the battery check.”
Oil is another important thing to check. In the winter time the oil is thicker, so you should talk to a mechanic or consult your cars owner’s manual to see if you need to make a change. You will also want to check your washer fluid and make sure that it is resistant to freezing.
Be sure to check your tires throughout the winter to make sure that they are properly inflated. Low air pressure is dangerous on wet or slick roads. make sure there’s enough tread on the tires — worn tires are dangerous too. If you live in an area where there is plenty of snow you may want to consider getting snow tires since they can really give your car or truck that extra traction.
It never hurts to have an emergency kit on hand just in case you do get stuck and no one can help you right away. This kit should include a flashlight, blanket, gloves and a hat. An ice scrapper, a small shovel, snacks, and some extra fluids.