Winterize Your Vehicle

The following is a small checklist that everyone should consider—

  • Battery. Have your vehicle’s battery inspected by a technician using professional equipment to ensure it has sufficient power.
  • Tires. In areas where snow and ice are facts of winter, install snow tires.
  • Windshield Wipers. Replace old, worn blades, and if your climate is harsh, snow (rubber-clad) blades can be an effective alternative.
  • Engine. Get drivability problems such as harsh idling and stalling repaired. Replace old air and fuel filters as well as a faulty positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve.
  • Anti-Freeze/Coolant. Make sure the condition, level and concentration (usually a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water) of your vehicle’s anti-freeze is appropriate.
  • Fuel. Maintain a gas level of at least half-full. A full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming and also adds a beneficial weight increase.
  • Oil. Change your car’s oil according to the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. In extreme conditions, switching to synthetic oil, which is less susceptible to thickening, can be advantageous.
  • Heater/Ventilation/Air Conditioning. In order to drive safely and comfortably, your vehicle’s HVAC systems need to be in good working condition to keep the cabin dehumidified.
  • Lights. Inspect all lights, replace burned-out bulbs and clear any grime that has accumulated on the lenses.
  • Exhaust System. Your vehicle’s exhaust system should be inspected for leaks. Take it to a professional who can place it on a lift and examine the system properly

All of these things can be handled by your Certified Technician.  In fact, our technicians have more training, and the manufacturers equipment necessary to safely inspect all of the list above and more.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s