How to Winterize Your Car

a car winterized to drive in the frigid cold
With the winter months just around the corner, you want to ensure that your vehicle keeps you warm and safe on Brook Park roads and beyond. That’s why the service experts at Metro Toyota are here to provide an essential winter checklist for vehicles so that all of the essential components of your car are intact and at their best. Learn more about how to winterize your car with the help of our Toyota service technicians at Metro Toyota and then set up your next maintenance appointment!



How to Check Your Tire Pressure and Tire Tread

First you’ll want to check your tire pressure. With the help of your tire pressure monitoring system, you’ll be alerted on your dashboard if your tires are losing pressure as temperatures get cooler. Each vehicle will have a different suggested tire pressure, listed in your owner manual as well as on the vehicle itself. If one or more of your tires need air, you can fill them with nitrogen which helps prevent pressure fluctuations caused by the weather. You also want to know how to check tire tread using the penny trick. Hold a penny on the treads of your tire and if you can see Lincoln’s head then your treads are too worn down and should be replaced. When you get new tires you’ll see the tread lines up with Lincoln’s nose. You’ll also want to be sure to have your tires rotated so that they can last you all winter long.

How Often to Replace Oil in Your Car

You also want to ensure that your oil is clean and enhances your vehicle’s performance. When it comes to how often you need to replace your oil, this can be between 5,000 to 7,500 miles, however, some vehicles can go longer. As you check your oil, you should see the oil at the second mark of the dipstick and the oil itself should appear clear or “thin.”

How to Fill Your Antifreeze

You should also check your coolant reservoir is at the full mark and that there is enough antifreeze in the coolant. Since freezing can cause serious damage to the engine, you want to be sure to change your antifreeze if you have added water to the coolant. Be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended type of antifreeze from the manufacturer.

How Often to Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

You also want to ensure that you have plenty of visibility as you drive through any sleet, rain, or snow around Brook Park. How much you use your wiper blades will depend on whether they need to be replaced, but a good indicator is if they begin to leave streaks or squeak across the glad. Another sign is if you notice the rubber has worn off from the wiper. Lastly, check to make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full and blue in color.

How to Clean the Inside and Outside of Your Windshield

It’s not only the exterior of your vehicle you want to winterize, but also the inside of your vehicle. Wipe down the inside of your vehicle windshield and windows to remove any dust, fingerprints, and residue from cigarette smoke. Filmy and dusty windows can cause fog to build up faster, so be sure to use a good glass cleaner and microfiber cloth to ensure a clear view wherever you’re heading.

How to Check Your Battery

Lastly, you want to know how to check your battery, so that you’ll have the power to get through anything nature throws in your path. Your car battery should be replaced every six years, however, if you notice that you are having problems when starting or stopping your vehicle, you may benefit from an upgrade. Plus, investing in a newer replacement will ensure you won’t get stranded on the road with a broken battery during this time of year.

Winterize Your Car with Toyota Service at Metro Toyota

Now that you know how to winterize your car, you’ll be all set to get through these cooler months with ease and stay safe on Brook Park roads. Discover more helpful Toyota service tips and tricks at Metro Toyota to keep your vehicle running at its best and see how you can save on your next visit with our service coupons and discounts. We also offer a range of OEM Toyota parts and accessories to upgrade the look and feel of your ride. Once you’ve made it through the winter, get started on spring cleaning with our guide on how to clean your floor mats. Contact us today for more information on our winter checklist for vehicles, or shop for your next Toyota at our dealership right here in Brook Park!

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