When winter weather strikes it can bring more than just rain or snow. Costly winter vehicle repairs are an unfortunate but easily avoided issue. By following a few simple steps below, you can keep the winter months wear and tear minimal for your vehicle.
Step 1: Check Your Windshield Wiper Fluid
During the colder months, use an antifreeze windshield wiper fluid to avoid a cracked reservoir. Make sure to keep your fluid levels at full so your washer pump does not freeze and crack.
Step 2: Keep Your Gas Level Half Full
When the temp drops below freezing, keep your gas level at half a tank or more. This will insure that your gas lines do not freeze. Keeping a lightweight or synthetic engine oil and transmission fluid during the colder months will also reduce wear.
Step 3: Check Your Engine Coolant
Make sure your antifreeze is at the proper level to insure that your coolant doesn’t freeze. Your coolant should be the right strength and in good condition.
These are just some tips to getting your car winter ready. By following these common mistakes you can be sure that your car is still running great when the cold weather ends.
Step 4: Tire Type and Tread
If any tire has less than 3/32-inches of tread, it should be replaced. Uneven wear on the tires can indicate alignment, suspension or wheel balance problems that should be addressed to prevent further damage to the tires.
Step 5: Tire Pressure
Check your tire pressure more frequently during winter months. As the temperature drops, so will the pressures in the tires—typically 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. To find the proper tire pressure levels – look for the tire placard attached to the vehicle door edge. And, don’t forget about your spare tire.