How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

This article is winterization maintenance instructional to prepare your car or truck for winter.

Winter is the most harsh season for any vehicle: the cold weather will effect any part that is weak. So before the winter months come around, it is best to check your vehicle and replace any parts that are weak. This will insure you are not left out in the cold.

The first and most basic step in preparing your vehicle for winter is radiator coolant. By adding antifreeze to your radiator this insure that the water the vehicle needs to cool down the motor will not freeze in the cold weather. If the water freezes, it is not able to cool down the motor, which could lead to a blown motor and also the radiator could crack because of the frozen water.

You also check the battery condition, make sure all the cables are not torn or corroded, if so change before the winter months. Also, the vehicle takes more power to start in winter, it is best to do a battery test to make sure it has enough charge for the winter. If it fails a re-charge test, invest the money into buying a new one.

Your windshield washer solvent should also be formulized for winter, it could also freeze and cause damage to the windshield wiper system. Also make sure all the hoses are not clogged and clean the washer nozzles out with a thin piece of wire. This will insure if you need to use your windshield washer solution in a hurry that it is available.

The electrical system of the vehicle should be checked. Check to make sure the distributor cap, points, condenser, ignition coil, spark plugs and spark plug cables are all in good shape. If any of these items are having difficulties in the summer, they will definitely go out in the winter. It is best to have them changed before winter.

Check all the hoses and belts, if any of these have signs of extensive wear such as cracks, it is best to replace them also.

Prepare for winter emergencies, if you live in a climate that there is heavy snowfall, keep extra blankets and water just in case of an emergency.

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