Winter weather is right around the corner and that means you want to have your vehicle fully prepared for the possibility of hazardous conditions. Cold temperatures can make it harder for your engine to work properly and snow can cause low visibility while driving, along with decreased tire traction.
To help prevent any seasonal harm to your vehicle or yourself, here are some suggestions on how you should winterize it:
1. Replace old windshield wipers and wiper fluid. Snow and salt buildup on your windshield can compromise your visibility. You need to have productive wipers and plenty of fluid. The life expectancy of a wiper blade is only one year, so make sure to replace any older than that. Also, make sure to fill up your wiper fluid for the season with one that contains a deicer.
2. Check your battery. Freezing temperatures can reduce a vehicle’s battery power by up to 50 percent. Make sure to have your battery life checked by Suburban Autoworks if it’s older than three years. Also, clamps and connections to the battery should be free of any corrosion.
3. Make sure your tires are prepared. Put on your winter tires if you have them. These tires are optimized for handling snow and ice, and provide more traction for slick conditions. If you don’t have winter tires, make sure to check the quality of your current ones. Tires should be properly inflated to insure the best traction and have a tread depth of at least 1/16 inch.
4. Change the oil. In order for your engine to properly run, it needs enough oil lubrication. Unfortunately, cold weather reduces the oil’s effectiveness, so it’s important to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles and especially before the winter months.
5. Check your anti-freeze mixture. The mixture of anti-freeze and water in your radiator should be about 50/50. This prevents the coolant in your radiator from freezing or boiling over.