Winter Weather Tips
Ensure that the battery is charged and that contacts are clean.
Check the tire pressure. Cold weather can reduce tire pressure by 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature.
Cold weather also makes tire rubber less pliable, which can cause air leaks. Check your tire sidewalls for signs of damage or cracking.
If you have a spare tire in the trunk, check it for damage and pressure as well.
Remember that in winter weather, stopping is often the hard part, and it’s the tires that do the stopping. So take proper care of them.
Headed up north? Perhaps to the Rockies for some winter recreation? Keep essential tools on board. Be sure to leave room in your vehicle for essential winter items, including a spare tire, ice scraper, hammer, deicer, flashlight, small broom, etc. in case of an unexpected need.
Check your antifreeze
Your antifreeze (the juice that goes in your radiator) is an essential part of your car’s winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50. You can buy a tester for around $5. You did remember to perform a radiator flush last spring, didn’t you?
Check your windshield washer fluid
You’ll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield crystal clear. *Tip: Don’t fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won’t freeze!
Inspect your spark plug wires
Cracked up plug wires affect performance, gas mileage and general reliability. Be sure yours are in top shape.