5 Ways to Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Five tips to help you prepare your car for winter.

1. Get the Right Oil Change

Don’t procrastinate your oncoming service. Before winter hits, your service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity for your vehicle during the chilly part of the year. Oil will thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.

2. Examine Your Belts and Hoses

When you get a full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear. Cold weather can do quite a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve a little TLC.

3. Check Your Four-Wheel-Drive

If your vehicle has four-wheel-drive, it’s important to check the status of the system to make sure it’s working correctly. Most drivers don’t use their 4WD systems in the summer months and you never know what could’ve happened in the meantime. Be sure that the system engages and disengages easily, and that all drivers in your household know how and when to activate the system.

4. Check Your Tire Pressure

Your tires need to be properly inflated to ensure that you have the best possible traction as you drive. Traction can be severely jeopardized in wet, snowy, or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather got colder. Your owner’s manual will tell you what your target tire pressure should be.

5. Prepare an Emergency Kit

Store these things in your trunk, especially if a road trip is in your future:

  • a blanket
  • extra boots and gloves
  • extra water and food
  • a couple ice scrapers
  • a small shovel
  • a flashlight
  • windshield washer fluid
  • windshield wipers
  • jumper cables
  • a spare tire with air in it
  • a first-aid kit
  • some abrasive material like sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter

Contact the auto repair experts at Performance Auto for more information about keeping your car in the best shape.

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