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Cooling Down for Winter: Your Comprehensive Seasonal Service Plan

The frigid and icy months of winter are quickly approaching—so now is a good time to start preparing your vehicle for cold-weather driving (if you haven’t already). Not sure where to begin when it comes to servicing your car for the winter months? We’ve got you covered.


Check Your Battery

Cold temperatures can drain your vehicle’s battery, which could prevent you from starting your engine. Before freezing temperatures hit, it’s a good idea to have your battery tested and see if it needs to be replaced. Most car batteries have a lifespan of about three to five years, so keep this in mind as winter approaches.


Car tires on winter road


Get a Grip

Winter weather can lead to slick and icy road conditions, so it’s critical that your tires are in tip-top shape. Check to ensure that your tires still have plenty of tread and don’t need to be replaced. Depending on where you live, you may also want to invest in a set of snow tires to help you navigate slick roads with more confidence and control. This can also be a good time to rotate your tires (if needed) to help them wear more evenly and thus prolong their usable life.


Ensure Proper Tire Pressure

When temperatures drop, so does tire pressure. As cold weather approaches, it’s important to check the pressure in each of your tires and add air as needed.

Not sure what PSI your tires should be inflated to? Check the label on the inside of your driver’s side door or look for labeling directly on the tire itself. Properly inflated tires will improve traction while prolonging the life of your tires, so it’s a good idea to check them at least once a month. Even if your car has a built-in tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), it never hurts to manually check your tire pressure on occasion for added peace of mind.


Top Off Your Fluids

More than likely, you’ll be using more antifreeze and other fluids during the snowy months of winter—so now is a good time to top off your fluids. After all, the last thing you want is to run out of windshield wiper fluid in the middle of a snowy or icy drive.

In addition to antifreeze and other basic fluids, it’s also important to keep your car’s gas tank fuller during the winter months. Ideally, you should keep your gas tank at least half full, as this can help to avoid unwanted moisture in your gas lines that can freeze in cold temperatures.


Replace Your Wipers

Visibility can tank during the snowy winter months, so this is also a good time to make sure your windshield wipers are in peak condition. If they’re more than a few years old or if they’re leaving streaks on your windshield during operation, it’s time to replace them. A fresh set of wipers can help maximize your visibility and keep you safer in adverse weather conditions.



Pack a Winter Safety Kit

Last but not least, make sure you have some winter safety essentials packed in your car. This should include an ice scraper to remove snow/ice from your windows, extra antifreeze, and a bag of sand or salt for traction if you get stuck in the snow. You’ll also want to keep a set of jumper cables in your car in the event that your battery dies and you need to jump start your vehicle.

In addition to these essentials, consider keeping a cell phone charger, blankets, and shelf-stable snacks (such as granola bars) in your vehicle. These will come in handy if you’re ever stranded in cold weather and need to wait for help to arrive.


Need Help Preparing Your Vehicle For Winter?

Taking the time to prepare your vehicle for the colder months ahead will give you added confidence and protection behind the wheel. Looking for assistance with servicing your car ahead of winter? Mac’s Radiator has you covered with six convenient locations across Portland, Boise, Bend, and the surrounding areas. Schedule your service today!




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