How to Winterize Your Vehicle

As temperatures continue to drop, it's more important than ever to have your vehicle serviced. With cold, wet and icy weather, it's crucial to make sure your car is fully winterized before heading out on the road. Not sure where to start? No worries! This article will help guide you through the best ways to winterize your vehicle, keeping you, your passengers and other road users safe.


Check Your Tires - Driving worn tires during the winter months is incredibly unsafe. Worn tires have a significant impact on your braking and traction on the road. As wet and icy conditions already have an impact on your tires, it's important to make sure your tires tread depth has a 2/32 inch minimum.


Winter Survival Kit - You never know when an unexpected event could happen, leaving you stranded in your car in freezing conditions. Make sure you're prepared no matter the weather, and invest in a winter survival kit. The kit can include things like a thermal blanket, de-icer spray, hand warmers, first aid kids, light scrapers, foil blankets and more. Make sure you always have one of these on hand.


Check Your Car Battery - Car batteries have a limited lifespan. Don't wait for yours to fail in the middle of winter and have it checked beforehand. The last thing you want is a failed battery when you're out and about in the middle of winter!


Lubricate Your Window Tracks - If freezing water drips into your window tracks, this can create a drag when you try to open and close your windows. This can lead to long term damage of your window regulator cables which could end up costing you quite a bit in repair fees. This is an easily avoidable problem! All you have to do is lubricate your window tracks with dry teflon spray lubricant or spray silicone.


Check The Coolant of Your Car - Engine coolant protects your engine from freezing and cracking. Coolant also contains lubricants and anti-corrosive additives to keep your car's cooling system intact. Making sure you have enough coolant (and the right mixture too!) is very important in winterizing your vehicle.


With winter fully on its way, now's the time to winterize your vehicle. If you're in need for a winter service we invite you to bring your vehicle into GermanTech MotorWorks today!