Five Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter
Winter is coming and with it comes an increase in accidents, dead car batteries and more. Although you might not be able to prepare yourself for the extremely cold weather and slippery conditions, you can take a few steps to get your car ready for winter. If you’re wondering how to prepare your car for winter, check out the six steps listed below!
Check Your Battery
There’s nothing worse than going to start your car in the morning and it doesn’t turn on. One way to avoid this problem is by checking your car’s battery for cold-cranking amps and voltage. If your battery doesn’t pass either test, you might want to consider purchasing a new battery before the temperature drops.
When the roads are snowy and slippery, having traction is very important. One method that will help maximize traction is keeping your tires pumped to the level recommended in your owner’s manual or on the tire itself. As temperatures rise and fall, maintaining the proper PSI can become difficult, because tires lose one pound per square inch for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.
Another feature you should check on your tires is the tread levels. If your tread is worn to less than 5/32-inch, you might not be able to get enough traction to keep control of your vehicle when it snows. In the Chicago area, it’s important to consider how much driving you’ll be doing in the snow and invest in winter tires if you think it’s necessary, if not, all-season tires should suffice.
Change Windshield Wipers
Once the snow and freezing rain hit, you’re going to have to make sure you can see. Make sure your windshield wipers are strong and functioning properly. Also, add anti-freeze windshield wiper fluid so you can properly clean your windshield in below-freezing temperatures.
You want to have a 50-50 blend of coolant and water, which will keep your cooling fluid from freezing. You can check the consistency using an antifreeze tester, and you should drain and refill your cooling system until you achieve the 50-50 blend.
Create an Emergency Kit
Emergency kits are helpful to have in case something unexpected happens. You should keep the following supplies in your trunk:
- Gloves and hat
- Hand warmers
- Gas-line antifreeze
- Tire gauge
- First Aid Kit
- Winter boots and socks
- Road salt and sand
- Ice scrapper
Schedule Service in Chicago, IL
If you want to prepare your Ford for winter, head into the service center at Metro Ford in Chicago, IL! Our experienced team of technicians can service your car with an oil change, change your headlights and windshield wipers, replace brakes, provide a coolant flush and more! To schedule a service appointment, head to our website or call the service center at 773-776-7600.