7 Steps to Winterize Your Vehicle

It’s time to winterize your vehicle.

Temperatures are dropping, the holiday season is in full swing, and roads will be getting dangerously slippery before we know it. Keep yourself safe on the roads - get your car ready for the winter season!

Follow these seven steps to ensure your vehicle is ready to handle the next big New England cold front or blizzard:

 

1. Refill Your Wiper Fluid and Check Wiper Blades

Salt, snow, and ice will cake your windshield this winter and pose a serious visibility hazard. We recommend topping off your wiper fluid with a cold weather blend formulated specifically for temperatures below freezing. While you’re at it, check the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if they’re starting to wear down and reveal the metal beneath the rubber coating.

 

2. Make Sure Your Tires Are in Good Shape

Bald tires will put you in a ditch – or worse – when roads ice over. Have your tires checked for tread wear and aid pressure, and talk to your mechanic about options like winter tires or chains.

 

3. Check Your Battery

Cold weather slows down the chemical reactions that take place in a car battery and could leave you with a car that doesn’t start this winter if your battery has aged past its useful life. Having a mechanic run a battery load test on your car battery will help you know if you need to replace it.

 

4. Get an Oil Change

Regular oil changes help preserve the life of your engine, and it’s twice as necessary when the weather gets colder. Having oil with the right viscosity will help keep your engine lubricated and running smoothly.

 

5. Keep Winter Tools in Your Car

The last thing you need is a cold weather situation you aren’t prepared to deal with. That’s why keeping tools like an ice scraper, battery jumper cables and winter gloves is always a good idea.

 

6. Make Sure Your Antifreeze Is Ready

If the coolant or antifreeze in your engine freezes this winter, you’ll be unable to use your car until it thaws – and even then it could cause severe engine damage! Take time to ensure your antifreeze is at proper mix and fill levels before that happens.

 

7. Keep an Emergency Bag in the Trunk

Despite all your winter preparation, there’s always the chance you’ll be stranded on the side of the road when the snow starts falling. When that happens, having non-perishable food, a warm blanket and emergency flares could save your life.

 

Living the Dream Auto Care draws on decades of hands-on experience to help you take care of all your car-care needs. If you’d prefer a helping hand to winterize your vehicle this season, we’ll be happy to help. Just book an appointment today, and we’ll take care of the rest!

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