Preparation for winter must include your car. Winterizing the vehicle ensures it will handle the debilitating conditions and serve its purpose. There is a myriad of things you should evaluate in your vehicle to get it ready for winter, so a checklist will be immensely helpful. The following is a winter maintenance checklist for your vehicle:
Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid
Snow can severely impede visibility when driving during winter. Your line of defense includes the wiper blades, which should wipe all the snow off the windshield. Therefore, ensure the blades do not miss spots or leave streak marks.
Consider getting winter wiper blades that have thicker rubber ends. They will ensure good contact between the wiper and windshield, clearing the windshield and allowing you to see during winter.
The washer fluid will also help clean the windshield when driving during winter. A winter fluid with antifreeze is the best solution.
The fluids contained in a vehicle are a grave danger during winter. Because of the cold, these fluids can freeze and cause serious damage. So, your winter maintenance checklist must include a fluid check.
Check the brake, transmission, and power steering fluids. Ensure they are at optimal levels and have antifreeze so they can remain viscous when driving.
Your vision is impaired during winter by the heavy snowfall. It may be challenging to see right in front of you, especially at night. Therefore, your lights are essential, and you should check them to prepare the car for winter.
Check the headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signal lights, and backup lights. Ensure they are functioning correctly, and replace any damaged bulbs. Adding floodlights is an excellent idea.
A Winter Ready Car
A winter car maintenance checklist includes other things including tires, hoses, belts, plugs, terminals, cables, batteries, and more. Start with the three above and proceed. Please bring your car to Prestige Auto Repair, and we will get it ready for winter.