SOMETHING I DO EVERY YEAR IS SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH MY VEHICLE AND GET IT READY FOR THE COLD WEATHER. IT BORDERS ON OCD ACTUALLY BUT NO ONE CAN SAY I’M NOT PREPARED FOR THE BAD WEATHER. I, LIKE ANYBODY ELSE HATE UNEXPECTED BREAKDOWNS AND REALLY WHEN IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE EFFORT TO GET THING. IT NEVER HURTS TO HAVE THE CAR AND BE MENTALLY PREPARED
SWITCH to WINTER WINDSHIELD WASHER fluid
Make sure the label says it’s rated not to freeze and that it has strong cleaning agents that get your window clean, fast. Keep extra fluid on hand in your trunk.
FILL UP on ANTIFREEZE
Make sure to check your car’s owner’s manual to be sure you use the correct coolant for your vehicle. Test it’s freeze point to make sure it’s strong enough for winter
GET POWER STEERING fluid
In the winter, due to cold weather temperatures, your car’s gaskets shrink. Premium power steering fluids are made to condition seals and prevent leaks in shrinking gaskets.
CHECK BRAKE fluid
The most common brake fluids are DOT 3 and DOT 4 and they are available in synthetic blends. Make sure you get the correct brake fluid for your vehicle as it varies by type of car and whether it uses ABS.
USE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID or GEAR OIL
Used for both automatic and manual car transmissions. One key difference is Manual Transmissions use gear oil, while an Automatic Transmission uses standard ATF fluid.
CONSIDER changing your ENGINE OIL
Synthetic oils are typically a better choice for winter driving than conventional oils as they are formulated to protect your engine when you start it up in cold temperatures. Make sure you have the right viscosity for the temperature.
Change the windshield wiper blades
This is one usually overlooked until you have a windshield full of snow and ice. Usually make the trip to the automotive parts store long and frustrating.
windshield scraper and snow brush
6am in the morning is usually a bad time to figure out your scraper and brush are either gone and/or misplaced
Snow and ice rated tires are a must these days, some Provinces and States have made them mandatory. Either way without traction and braking power you’re going nowhere.
Battery, Belts and hoses
Battery condition, age etc, Belts and hoses should all be looked over and replace as necessary.