The following tips can help prepare your car for the winter
and may catch little problems before they become big problems:
Repair any engine performance or drivability
problems before the cold weather makes them worse.
Follow your manufacturer’s recommended service schedules; making sure to check the back breaks and the transmission.
Replace any dirty filters (air, fuel, and PCV)
to make sure your engine is running efficiently and burning less gasoline. Change your oil and filter as specified in
your manual, or more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of
frequent short trips.
Add a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a
month to help keep moisture from freezing the fuel line. Keeping your gas tank filled will also help
Flush and refill the cooling system as
recommended. The level, condition, and
concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.
Make sure the heater and defroster are in good
working condition for comfort and driver visibility.
Replace old wiper blades. Purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight
ice buildup. Make sure to stock up on
windshield washer solvent.
Have your battery checked by a professional to
determine if it is weak. Perform routine
battery maintenance by scraping away
corrosion from posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces, and retighten
all connections, but be sure to wear eye protection and protective rubber
Inspect all light bulbs and replace ones that are
burned out. Clean road grime from all
lenses; clouded lenses can be repaired by a professional or with a DIY kit
found in most auto parts stores.
Fumes inside your vehicle can be deadly! Have
the exhaust system examined for leaks or problems; the trunk and floorboards
should also be inspected for small holes.
Check tires for worn treads, uneven wearing, and
cupping. Check tire pressure once a
Always carry an emergency kit with you
consisting of extra gloves, boots, blankets, flares, small shovel & kitty
litter, a flashlight and extra batteries, cell phone and charger, and a few
“high-energy” snacks in case you get stuck.