Only in New England is it 65 and sunny one day and then snowing the next. The weather is pretty unpredictable but you need be ready for when those changes happen. We’re here to help you do that, so here are the 7 steps to prepare your car for ice and snow.
1. Check the tires
Your tire tread needs to be ready to handle the wet and snow covered roads. You need to ensure they aren’t bald. Also, since we live in a New England, a great thing to have is snow tires. The snow tires have deeper treads and are cold-resistant.
2. Change your oil
As the temperature drops, it’ll cause the oil to thicken. If it gets too thick, it won’t lubricate your engine properly and it will have damage. Your mechanic will choose the correct viscosity, especially for the upcomming winter months.
3. Wax your car
Road salt and moisture is a bad combination for your vehicle. It creates rust and eats away at your paint and top coat. Get a car wash and throw a coat of wax on it to ensure it’s protected.
4. Wiper blades
Your wiper blades should really be changed now and at the end of winter. If they are chattering, smearing, or causing vision issues- they need to be changed. Get some stronger wiper blades that’ll help get snow and freezing ran off the windshield. Also, switch to a washer fluid that won’t freeze.
5. Belts and hoses
Take your car into one of our service centers for an important tune up. We need to ensure that your engine’s belts and hoses are in good condition. In the cold, they are more likely to get cold and snap and you don’t want to be stranded.
6. Add antifreeze
Coolant in your vehicle isn’t just for keeping the engine from overheating, but it also prevents corrosion in your engine. You need to prevent the coolant from freezing, make sure you replace with one that has a proper mix of antifreeze and water.
7. Fill your tank
I know in the summer, we try to use every last drop before we get gas, but in the winter we cannot take that risk. If moisture gets into the tank it could build up and cause serious problems. The way to avoid this is to keep your tank filled as often as you can. DO NOT, leave your car less than half empty.
There you have it. Now you’ll be a winter warrior! So go out there and tackle these winter steps because winter IS coming.