Most of you might say, “Why would an auto repair shop in San Jose, CA write about winterization? They don’t even know what winter is?” Well, there is some truth to that, however we Californian’s like our vehicles and tend to travel in them, especially to the snow. (we have to visit, because it is not readily available) Anyway there are some things you should check no matter where you live to make sure your vehicle is ready for climate changes.
1. Check your fluids – this means, oil, anti-freeze; Oil needs to be the right viscosity, or thickness for this time of year. Oil will often thicken the colder it gets which keeps it from properly lubricating. In regards to anti-freeze or coolant every vehicle requires a certain mixture of coolant tot water. Your owner’s manuel will tell you. If either fluid needs changing or exchanging your best bet is to bring it to a local shop, they can take care of it quickly and have the systems set in place to dispose of the waste. Oil and filter changes are the basic of basics to a healthier running vehicle.
2. Check your windshield wiper blades; First question to ask is, when its raining and I turn on my wipers is it worse or better. Your blades should be changed every year for optimum performance. The rubber on the blades gets hardened due to changes in climate from water to intense heat.
3. Examine your belts and hoses; They need to be checked for wear and tear. Believe it or not they can split or crack a lot easier in winter. If the split or crack turns into a break it can leave you stranded
4. Check your tire pressure; if your tires are properly inflated they will have the best traction, which can be severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. Air pressure drops as the weather gets colder.
5. Make sure you carry some for of an emergency kit; especially if there is a road trip in your future.
These are just a few suggestions to help your vehicle through the winter. As always, taking it to a auto repair shop makes the tasks seem less daunting.