An annual pre-winter check will help prevent unnecessary cold weather problems.
Check your coolant / cooling system.
- Coolant condition
- Hoses (cracks, loose fittings, leaks)
- Belts (wear and cuts, cracks)
Check the electrical system.
- Have the battery(ies) checked for general condition by a qualified technician.
- Make sure the batteries have adequate fluid.
- Clean and coat the battery posts with protective, anti-corrosion spray.
- Check the recommended pressure for your tires and check them one morning before your drive. The recommend pressure is a “cold” temperature pressure, so that’s the best way to get an accurate reading. Some tires require special procedures to safely adjust pressure; consult a qualified tire and wheel technician if you feel your tires are low.
- There should be good tread to permit safe Wintertime operation. At least 4/32 of an inch tread depth is recommended, and preferably more for snowy conditions. If you are likely to need chains in your driving, get them out and inspect them for readiness. A light spray of penetrating oil will keep metal chains relatively rust-free and easy to install, when the time comes.
1. Check the glass all around. Temperature changes can cause small nicks and divots to spread across your windshield. Get them serviced to save money and aggravation.
1. Inspect and replenish your emergency kit:
- Triangles and flares
- Flashlight and new batteries
- Duct tape, electrical tape
- Basic tools
- High energy food for a day
- Sleeping bag/blankets
- Heat packets
- Waterproof boots, hat, slicker.
- First Aid Kit