Winter Car Maintenence Checklist.
Battery – Have the battery tested by a trained technician. A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather.
Battery Cables and Terminals – Check the condition of the battery cables and terminals. Make sure all connections are secure and remove any corrosion from the terminals and posts.
Engine Hoses –Visually inspect the cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses to check for any that may be brittle or excessively spongy feeling and in need of replacement.
Tyre Tread – Uneven wear on the tyres can indicate alignment, suspension or wheel balance problems that should be addressed to prevent further damage to the tyres.
Tyre Pressure – Check tyre pressure more frequently during winter months. As the temperature drops, so will the pressures in the tyres. And, don’t forget to check the spare.
Coolant Levels – Check the coolant level when the engine is cold. If the coolant level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
Lights – Check the operation of all headlights,break lights, Hazard lights, indicator signals. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
Wiper Blades – Blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace blades that leave streaks or miss spots. In snowy conditions, consider installing winter wiper blades that wrap the blade in a rubber boot to prevent ice and snow buildup that can prevent good contact between the rubber blade and the glass.
Washer Fluid – Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a cleaning solution that has antifreeze components for cold weather use.
Brakes – Have brakes inspected by a certified technician to ensure all components are in good working order.
Brake and Power Steering Fluids – Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
When bad weather strikes. Let someone know where you are going to, what roads you’re planning to take and what time you hope to arrive by. Carry a snow shovel and two blankets in the boot and a fully charged mobile phone.
If you get completely stuck, call for assistance and use the blankets to keep warm. If you want to run the engine to keep the heater working, make sure the exhaust is clear of snow. Blocking the flow of exhaust gases can mean they are diverted into the vehicle where the carbon monoxide could endanger yourself and any passengers.
And if you don’t need to make a journey in extreme weather, the advice is to always stay at home.