How Should I Prepare My Car For Winter?

Every vehicle requires routine maintenance, but when the temperature begins to cool and the snow flurries start to fly, you should pay attention to these specific vehicle maintenance issues. Once you've read through these, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us, here at Empire Hyundai. We would love to help you make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter.

  • Engine - You should have your engine looked at and fine-tuned, especially if you've been noticing rough idling, stalling, low power, or hard starts. The freezing temperatures will make any problems much worse.
  • Fuel - You should never let your gas tank go below the 1/4 line as this can lead to a freezing fuel line. You can also add a bottle of fuel deicer once a month to ensure that this won't happen.
  • Oil And Filter - In your owner's manual it will tell you what the recommended oil change time line is, but, if you haven't had your oil changed recently, you should think about having it changed to ensure that your engine is in good working order.
  • Heater And Defroster - You're going to want heat, especially when your windows are iced. Double check that it's working before the wintry weather arrives.
  • Wiper Blades And Fluid - With the snow and ice comes the gunk that gets splashed onto your windshield. Be sure that your windshield wiper fluid is filled and that your wipers themselves aren't cracked or frayed.
  • Battery - Freezing temperatures sometimes make your vehicle hard to start in the morning. Having a technician inspect and test your battery is the best way to prevent this from happening.
  • Lights And Bulbs - Now's a good time to go through and make sure that all of your headlights, blinkers, inside lights, and taillights are working.
  • Exhaust Fumes - Exhaust can be very dangerous, life threatening even, especially once you leave your vehicle idling to warm it up. Inspect your exhaust system as a precaution.
  • Tires - Nothing beats a good set of winter tires when it comes to driving in the snow or ice. If you don't currently own any, purchase them from our tire center and we can install them right away.
  • Brakes - Don't wait until you slam on your brakes to realize that they aren't as good as you thought they were. Have them inspected regularly, especially before the slick roads arrive.
  • Emergency Kit - You should always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle, but definitely in the winter months. This should include: extra winter gear, blankets, flares, foldable shovel, sand (or kitty litter), flashlight, extra batteries, snacks, water bottles, and anything else you can think of that would help you get out of a snowbank or survive a night in the cold.
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