5 Ways to Winterize Your Vehicle

December 17th, 2015 by

As we all know, the weather in Plainfield can be downright unpredictable. So, with the winter officially starting on December 21st, now is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready to combat the winter weather. Not only will winterizing your vehicle ensure it stays protected for the entire season, but it also guarantees the safety and security of your family or anyone driving the vehicle. For more information, let’s take a look at these tips below to winterize your vehicle and prevent delays, accidents, and breakdowns:

1. Replace the Wiper Blades

Believe it or not, there is a huge difference between standard wiper blades and those made specifically for the winter season. You should look for wiper blades that have a tough rubber boot blade surface, prevents snow and ice from accumulating, and are made of heavy gauge steel, so they can withstand the potentially brutal winter. As an added pro tip, remember to check and top off your wiper fluid!

2. Get an Oil Change

As the Indiana weather turns cold, the engine oil will start thickening. When this happens, the oil cannot lubricate the engine parts and other important vehicle components properly. Not only does this result in poor vehicle performance, but also causes numerous issues. Before the winter sets in, have the oil in your car changed, even if there are a few hundred miles to go before it is due. Also, make sure you select the right oil so your vehicle can perform optimally during the winter.

3. Top Off the Anti-Freeze

More often than not, drivers do not know when to replace their anti-freeze or coolant. In fact, many drivers have even admitted they have never checked or changed the coolant in the entire life of the car. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake! Top off your engine cooling system with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water. Low levels can lead to reduction of the freezing point and rising of the boiling point, hence causing your engine to run slightly hotter. This leads to the oil breaking down and increased wear and tear of engine components. So, before the temperature starts to drop, top up the anti-freeze.

4. Give Your Battery Some TLC

Winter is the perfect time to check your battery’s connections and posts to make sure they are corrosion-free. Also, the battery liquid should be topped off and the battery itself should have enough life to last the winter, when the power needs of your vehicle will be greater than usual. Keep in mind that if the battery has been used for 3 years or more, you need to test its ability to hold a charge. Otherwise, you may end up stranded in the middle of nowhere and have to jump your vehicle in the middle of a blizzard.

5. Mount Winter Tires

Last, but not the least, since Plainfield experiences extremely low winter temperatures, it is imperative you install winter tires for your car. These tires usually have special compounds that are primarily engineered to resist hardening in cold temperatures, providing better traction and grip on the road during rain and snow.

Have questions about any of our tips? Contact Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram! Our friendly and reliable service technicians can help you navigate the process. Or if you’re running on a tight schedule, drop your vehicle off at our service center. Our team will have your vehicle ready to take on what’s sure to be a rough Plainfield winter. Call our service center today at (888)597-6459!

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