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Surviving the Winter: The Ultimate Winter Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

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As winter’s icy grip takes hold, the importance of vehicle maintenance becomes undeniable. With the proper knowledge and diligence, we can help ensure your vehicle remains a reliably safe fortress against the harsh winter elements.

We’re here to prepare you with helpful essential tips for effective winter vehicle maintenance. Check out this comprehensive winterization checklist and get ready to take on whatever winter weather comes your way.


One of the most critical aspects of winterizing your vehicle is tire care. A well-maintained set of winter-ready tires can be your best defense against skids and slips on icy roads. The three key areas of tire maintenance in the winter are tread, alignment, and pressure systems, all covered by services provided at CarShop! A professional can check all aspects of your tires and replace, rotate, and align them as needed.


During the cold temperatures of winter, your vehicle’s battery performance can be impacted. Your battery must have the right amount of voltage, as it loses about 60% of its strength when the temperature is below freezing. Winter is the perfect time to replace your battery so you can be sure your vehicle will start regardless of the weather outside.

Heating System

A well-functioning heating system does more than ensure you stay toasty while driving. It also performs a crucial role in maintaining visibility by defrosting your windows. It’s highly advised that you get your heating system serviced before winter to ensure it won’t let you down when you need it most. A skilled CarShop technician can check your vehicle’s thermostat, blower motor, and coolant levels, along with other components that contribute to the effectiveness of the entire heating system.

Fuel System

Making sure your fuel system is in optimal condition is another important element of winterizing your vehicle. The cold season can be harsh on this system, potentially leading to hard starts, rough idling, and stalling. We recommend bringing your vehicle to CarShop to have a professional service your fuel system this winter. We’ll check vital elements like the fuel pump, injectors, and filters, ensuring they’re working correctly and are debris-free.

Antifreeze System

It’s essential to ensure your vehicle’s antifreeze system is in excellent condition. Antifreeze, AKA coolant, plays a pivotal role in ensuring your engine doesn’t freeze in frigid temperatures. (It also keeps it from overheating in the warmer months!) A professional technician at CarShop can check that your system is in working order. They can also flush the system and replace the old coolant with new, high-quality antifreeze if necessary.

Wiper Blades/Windshield Washer Fluid

Inclement weather like snow, ice, and sleet can severely hamper visibility while driving. Your first lines of defense? Your wiper blades and windshield fluid. A professional can assess the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if need be, and they can check the wiper motor as well. Your washer fluid system will be assessed too, and they can check the level and freezing point of the washer fluid and refill it with a winter-grade fluid that won’t freeze in the reservoir.

Oil Change

The last part of winterizing your vehicle is getting a good old oil change. As you know, engine oil is vital for reducing friction and preventing overheating, but did you know colder temperatures can cause the oil to thicken up, making it less effective at lubricating your engine? When you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, a CarShop professional will determine the appropriate oil viscosity for your vehicle, given your engine and the environment.

These preventative measures can make all the difference in how your vehicle handles the cold. Remember, it’s not just about avoiding breakdowns. It’s about safeguarding your journey on the road and prolonging the life of your vehicle. So, as temperatures start to drop, don’t delay. Schedule your winter maintenance checkup at a CarShop near you. You can even book online today by clicking here.


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