10 Easy Vehicle Winterization Tips

  1. Check your tires! Is there still good tread? Do they need rotated? Is there proper inflation? (Low tire pressure increases your risk of blowout, especially in winter as air molecules inside the tire shrink in the cold weather and low tire pressure results in poor gas mileage. And it’s important to remember to include the spare tire in your checklist too!)                       spare tire
  2. If possible, cover the windows to prevent frost from forming. There are windshield covers now available for this. There are also people who just keep the scraper and maybe a can of de-icer nearby.
  3. Let the engine warm up before driving. Turn the engine to the accessory position first for a few seconds to prime the starter, then start it up and let the fluids run and warm up for 5-10 minutes before driving off to battle sludge and sediment.
  4. Test your battery! Make sure that the battery has ample cold cranking amps and enough juice to get you where you need to go.car battery
  5. Make sure that any paint chips are touched up to prevent rust! It also doesn’t hurt to check for flaking underneath and on the inside of your wheels.
  6. Undercoat if needed! Salty roads can be especially corrosive to framework!
  7. Is your oil change due? Make sure that it has been done and that any lids, gaskets, and covers are properly secured.                     mechanic
  8. Make sure your washer fluid is the winter mix as the summer blend may freeze over.antifreeze
  9. If you use both carpeted and all weather mats, make sure that the carpeted ones are put away for the winter. Wet weather conditions will ruin carpeted mats.
  10. Keep an emergency kit in the trunk with a thermal blanket and some nonperishable food items just in case something unforeseen might happen and you’d be unable to get assistance right away.snowy cars
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