Pat Goss’ Top 10 Winter Car Care Tips
January 10, 2011
Take your vehicle to a qualified technician, who will perform a heavy-load test procedure. This is especially important if your car still has its original battery and has been in service for three or more years.
- Electrical System
Have your car’s electrical system tested by a qualified technician.
Check for adequate anti-freeze/coolant. The first really cold day could be too late and too late can cost you a new engine.
Tire pressure and tread depth mean good traction. The more your tires are worn, the less traction you’ll have when it snows. As the temperature drops, so does tire pressure, so check tires regularly.
Winter days are shorter and darker. If other drivers can’t see you because of a blown bulb, you could put yourself and others at risk.
Have your brakes checked by a qualified technician. You don’t want to discover bad brakes in the middle of a panic stop on a cold, slippery day.
- Winter Wiper Blades
Yes, WINTER wiper blades. Purchase these ingenious devices with a thin, rubber membrane – they shed snow and ice to prevent clogging. Used only during winter, they can last several years.
- Windshield Washer Fluid
Fill windshield washer reservoir with proper WINDSHIELD WASHER anti-freeze.
- Rubber Weather Stripping
Spray silicone lubricant on rubber weather stripping around doors and windows to help them from freezing shut.
- Door Locks
Spray graphite lubricant in car door locks.