How To Winterize Your Car

With the harsh winters coming up, it is important to upgrade and winterize your car for its protection. Here is a list of steps which will help you to winterize your car so it can make it through the harsh weather conditions.

How To Winterize Your Car

Check The Windshield Wiper Blades

There’s nothing worse than driving when the weather turning bad and suddenly realizing that your wiper blades are worn out. In the winter season, the blades can get damaged quickly due to the motion on the ice accumulated on the windshield. In extreme cold conditions, ice can form on the windshield within a couple of minutes. It’s always good to winterize your car with a new set of wiper blades.

Oil Up

Each car has its own oil needs. With a change in the season, the oil requirements can also change. For harsh winters, a thicker oil is often advised as it has less chances of getting frozen as compared to regular oil. Always check with the car manufacturer before using any type of oil, this will ensure you a smooth ride as well as safety of the car. You can also use the viscosity meter to keep a check on density and purity of oil used.

Check Belts And Hoses

With a decrease in temperature, your belts and hoses can shows signs of damage or cracking. Be sure to get your belts checked by a proper mechanic before going for long drives. The belts may quickly begin to show signs of brittleness, so you need to check them at least twice a month.

Using Antifreeze

You engine serves as the powerhouse of the car. You need to make sure that your engine has a proper mixture of water and coolant. This will avoid freezing of the engine or unwanted shut downs even at very low temperatures. You can measure the quantities with an antifreeze tester, available at your local auto shop. This is an important step in winterizing your vehicle.

Emergency Kit

If your want to winterize your car, then having an emergency kit is the most important feature. If you become stranded this could be critical to your safety. This kit should include important items like gloves, hat, blanket and water. You should also consider things like flashlights, cables, shovel, tire chains, antifreeze and extra oil.

Following these simple yet powerful techniques to winterize your car would definitely help you make it through harsh winters. For more winter driving tips and to learn more about how Performance Truck & Auto Repair can help extend the life of your car, contact us at (334) 245-6600.


  1. It must be nice for those people that never have to worry about winter weather haha great tips!

  2. I was always told to keep a blanket in the trunk in case you got stuck on the side of the road for a long period of time with your car broken down. Keeping yourself warm and prepared will make incidents less harmful.

  3. Beings I have an older vehicle, having an emergency kit is very helpful. No matter the problems it’s always best to be prepared.

  4. You should constantly be checking your oil, and during the colder months, it’s even more important.

  5. It’s about that time again. Winter is on it’s way and I would have to agree nothing is worse than driving while it’s snowing or sleeting and realizing your wipers aren’t up to winter’s standards. If anything, It is dangerous not to make sure your car is ready for winter. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Winterizing your car provides so many benefits for the colder weather months. The battery and belts are effected quickly, so get those checked, and manage your fluids.

  7. I always keep an eye on the fluids when the weather starts to get colder. You definitely don’t want to risk having your battery die either.

  8. You definitely don’t want to over heat your engine during the winter. Anti-freeze goes a long way so use it correctly and watch your levels.

  9. Fluids are very important during the winter months. You certainly never run your car low on oil, and always check to make sure your temperature gauges and radiator are working properly.

  10. Last winter was one of the worst winters of my life as far as driving in terrible conditions goes. I found myself stuck in a snowstorm twice last year with sub-par windshield wipers. Not something I will be doing again this season.

  11. It is also a good idea to have some water and granola bars (or whatever snack that doesn’t generally go bad quickly or freeze) in with your emergency kit. In case you were to become “stuck” for a long period of time. And as a rule of thumb, if there is expected bad weather and I must drive, make sure your cell phone is fully charged in case of emergency.

  12. There a few things worse than driving in a snowstorm with bad windshield wipers. I got caught in three last year. It was a really bad winter…

  13. With the winter coming, this blog came in just the right time. Thank you for the helpful tips.

  14. Last year I got stuck in a bad snow storm and my wheels were spinning in the snow. My car overheated and I was stuck for a couple of hours. No fun.

  15. It is the little things that always make the biggest difference when things go wrong. Great tips, thank you.

  16. Having your car prepared for winter should be a no brainer. You don’t want your car to let you down in those harsh conditions.

  17. It’s great to be reminded about your routine car maintenance. Having a list is better than guessing what should be checked.

  18. I’ve always had the habit to check battery and fluids at the end of October. Don’t let your car run low on fluids, it could cost you.

  19. It’s such a great idea to take you car in right before the winter. They can check your fluids and give your car a quick over look to ensure it’s maintenance.

  20. Start with the radiator, especially if it leaks. If that overheats you could be looking at many more problems.

  21. I’d hate to drive in the snow without wiper blades, so don’t forget to check those. Thanks.

  22. It’s great to get in habits like these. Don’t think your car is good for the winter without doing a checkup. You may end up being sorry.

  23. I usually have no idea what I’m doing on a car, so it’s best to get it checked by a professional.

  24. You may not have to take it to a professional, but you should always be sure to check your fluids and make sure nothing is missing.

  25. You can spend a lot of money repairing a car for things that wouldn’t take much time to check. So do your best to remember to always tune your car properly.

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