A lot of people know that winterizing their home is important but a lot of people don’t know that it’s also important to prepare your car for the winter. Here are some tips on making sure your car is ready for the cold months.
- Anti-freeze/Coolant – It’s always a good idea to drain the old anti-freeze out of your car and dispose of it properly. While it’s empty, flush the system. This can be done by purchasing a coolant flush kit from your local parts store. After flushing the system, refill the cooling system with the proper anti-freeze for your vehicle. Depending on where you are located, make sure the water to coolant ratio is correct. If not, it could freeze and ruin your engine, engine parts, or radiator.
- Tires – Make sure your tires have proper tire pressure and have good tread. Always make sure that your spare is ready to be used as well. Roads can get tricky in the winter and having a low tire or inadequate tread can cause the car’s handling to be off. The last thing anyone needs in the winter is a car that’s handling funny.
- Oil – Make sure that your oil is changed especially if you don’t do it yourself. Most mechanics or oil change places tend to run thicker oil in the car during the summer because it’s conducive to the weather. However, this type of oil is not good for your car in the winter. Check to see what the manufacturer suggests for your specific car.
- Windshield Wipers – Make sure your windshield wiper blades are good. Due to salt and icy/wet conditions, your blades will take a beating so they need to be in great condition. Also, make sure your washer fluid is filled up as it helps remove frost from your windshield. Check for the type of washer fluid that specifically has a frost remover included.
As always, if you’re not sure on how to tackle these steps or you’re not confident in taking it on, seek a professional’s help.