As the weather changes into winter, it makes sense to prepare your vehicle for a colder climate, especially if you do a lot of driving in freezing temperatures. The following tips are meant to remind you to keep your vehicle in good working order this winter:
- Get the right kind of oil change. Your winter oil change should have the right thickness for your vehicle at this time of year. When it gets cold, oil tends to thicken, so if it’s too thick, it won’t be able to keep your engine properly lubricated.
- Replace your windshield wiper blades. Start the cold winter months with new windshield wiper blades. Also, be sure to fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid, and also make sure that your heater and defroster are working properly.
- Check the battery. Your battery’s posts and connections must be free of corrosion, and your battery needs to have all the water it needs.
- Examine your belts and hoses. Check your vehicle’s belts and hoses because cold weather is hard on them, so they need to be in tip-top shape.
- Check tire pressure. Inflate your tires to ensure you have the best possible traction as you drive in wet, snowy, or icy conditions.
- Get the right antifreeze mixture. You want to have a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water inside your radiator to prevent the mixture from freezing even at extremely cold temperatures.
Take your car to Stryker Brothers Automotive, a leading car repair shop in Marysville, WA, when you want to have it thoroughly prepared for winter.