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How to Winterize Your Car: Top Tips from the Experts

Whether we’re talking about travel, major purchases, or holiday shopping, it’s always good to prepare in advance. And when we’re talking about extreme weather conditions? That goes double. Just as you’ve begun rotating your heavy winter clothes and coats back into your wardrobe, you should also winterize your car, as it’s also susceptible to the season’s frosty conditions.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to keep your vehicle road-worthy and safe during the darkest days of the year. Check out these simple tips on how to winterize your car, and if you have any questions, swing by your local AutoNation dealer. Out expert techs can check everything, so you’ll have peace of mind  as the temperatures drop.

Tires

The importance of good tires during snowy and icy driving can’t be emphasized enough.  Along with rotating them at the proper intervals, it’s important to periodically check the inflation to ensure they’re running at the right pressure. Since this will vary widely between makes and models, you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual to find the correct pressure. It’s also important to check your tires for tread, which you can do using the penny test. If you live in a snow-prone climate, we’d highly recommend getting a set of snow tires. Not only will they provide you with traction on snow covered roads, if you have nice wheels, you can have your snow tires mounted on simple steel rims, so your super-sharp ones aren’t subjected to the salt and grit of winter roads.

Brakes

Before the weather gets rough, it’s a good idea to have the condition of your brakes, and all associated parts, thoroughly inspected. Brakes that are on the fence can be the determining factor in avoiding an accident, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Battery

Batteries typically last about five years, so if you can’t remember the last time you got a new one? It’s a good idea to have a technician test it to ensure it’s still performing properly. Since cold weather can make it harder to start your car, it’s important to not forget this critical tip on how to winterize your car.

Coolant

This is such a simple thing to take care of, and yet it plays a pivotal role in regulating your car engine’s temperature, during both winter and summer months. If your coolant/antifreeze is a lackluster color or if there is debris floating within the tank, have your system flushed.

Oil

You know that old story about the person that killed their car because they changed the oil too frequently? Of course you don’t — because that’s impossible. But depending on where you live, it might make sense for you to switch to a different viscosity to counter extreme winter temperatures. Consult your local AutoNation dealer to see if you could benefit from a seasonal change.

Et Cetera

Check your lights to make sure they are functioning, as this is the season we use them the most. Check to see wiper blades are fresh, and if they’re more than a year or two old, replace them. Don’t forget to store an extra windshield wiper fluid container, an ice scraper, and possibly a shovel in your trunk, in the event you have to dig yourself out of a snow drift. Also, it’s a good idea to pack an emergency kit, just in case you get stranded. With each year seemingly bringing crazier and crazier weather, we can never be sure what to expect!

Live in an extreme winter climate? Visit your local AutoNation Jeep dealer today, and check out the all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler. This baby is ready handle anything winter can throw at it!

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