With Autumn now in full swing an winter just around the corner, it’s important to make sure your vehicles are ready for the coming winter. Take a moment to look over these winter preparation tips courtesy of Automotive Fleet
- Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician to make sure your engine will start reliably.
- Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying.
- Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or excessively spongy feeling.
- In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread.
- As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures – typically by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Check tire inflation pressure more frequently in fall and winter.
- Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
- Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights.
- Replace any wiper blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In areas with snow, consider installing winter wiper blades.
- Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
- Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
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