How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter Tire

Orfordville winters can be brutal on a car. That’s why it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’ll winterize your vehicle. Fortunately, the staff in our service center know how to keep your car running in harsh weather, which is why we’ve put together the winter car maintenance checklist below. You’ll probably see things on the list you haven’t thought about. So, let’s talk about how to prepare your car for winter.



An Essential Winter Car Maintenance Checklist

Rushing out of your house in the morning just to find your car won’t start is no fun, especially if you’re trying to begin your Janesville commute. And what about safety? That’s why it’s important to winterize your vehicle. Follow the advice below on how to prepare your car for winter to make sure your car is ready for the cold weather.

Winter Car Maintenance Checklist

  • Check Your Tire Tread and Air Pressure – Orfordville roads can be pretty rough during the winter, so you’ll want to make sure your tires have enough tread and air pressure and that they are the right tires for the weather. You can use our tire finder tool to do that.
  • Get an Oil Change – It’s best to start the winter with clean oil from an oil change. Make sure the right viscosity of oil is used.
  • Check the Battery – winters are especially hard on batteries. If the battery is near the end of its life, replace it before the onset of Winter.
  • Replace Wiper Blades – It’s good to start the winter with new blades, so you’re prepared for the worst.
  • Check the Coolant System – You can’t properly winterize a vehicle unless you make sure you have the right coolant for freezing weather and check the radiator, hoses, belts, and filters.
  • Check the Lights – Check all of the lights on your vehicles and replace any dead bulbs.
  • Check the Brakes – It’s better to check your brakes before winter sets in than have problems sometime after.
  • Top Off the Fluids – We’ll top off fluids when we change the oil in your car. Fluids that should be topped off include engine coolants, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.

Let Drive Burtness Winterize Your Vehicle

Now that you know how to prepare your car for winter, schedule an appointment with us. The experts in our service department know how to properly winterize a vehicle. While you’re here, check out our guides on how to rotate tires and how often to change your oil. We have multiple convenient locations, like our one in Whitewater, so drop by or contact us today!


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