Make sure your car is ready for winter

Make sure your car is ready for winter

Sure, you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but regular oil changes aren’t enough to handle the elements when the weather turns cold. So when the first bout of freezing temperatures hits this winter season, will your car be ready to perform?

Here are tips from Angie’s List on what to have inspected before the winter season:

  • Battery tested
  • Radiator and all belts and hoses inspected
  • Tire pressure and tread depth checked. If you have to replace your tires, replace all four.
  • Coolant and freezing point tested
  • All fluid levels filled (power steering, transmission, wiper and brake fluid)
  • All lights tested
  • Brakes inspected
  • Heating and ventilation system tested
  • Replace oil filter and wiper blades
  • Lubricate all locks, door hinges and latches, weather strips and window channels

One of the common mistakes car owners make, mechanics say, is not planning for the cold weather.

If you do experience problems in cold weather and are stranded, be prepared.  Keep your vehicle supplied with an emergency kit, which should include a cell phone and charger, ice scraper, blankets, flares, a flashlight, a shovel, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter, tire repair tools, gloves, boots and a knit hat. Also, keep a couple bottles of water, some high-energy snacks and a first-aid kit handy.

More Like This

6 tips to winterize your car

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures can affect many parts of your vehicle, but more importantly, your safety. Check out these six winterizing tips.


What is Angie's List?

Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 3 million households go to get ratings and reviews on everything from home repair to health care. Stop guessing when it comes to hiring! Check Angie’s List to find out who does the best work in town.

Local Discounts

Daily deals up to 70% off popular home improvement projects from top-rated contractors on Angie’s List!