7 Ways to Prepare Your Toyota for Winter
The winter season comes with harsh road conditions and excess wear on a vehicle’s mechanical parts. But, by being proactive and keeping up with necessary maintenance, you can prevent costly issues and potential dangers from occurring during those cold weather months. To make it easy for you, our team at Halterman’s Toyota put together a list of 7 things you should do to prepare your Toyota for winter.
- 1. Inspect Your Tires – Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread isn’t worn down. That way, you’ll have the max amount of traction on the road – which is important in the slippery conditions of winter. You may also choose to replace your all-season tires with winter tires, but that depends on your personal needs and the conditions you expect to be driving in.
- 2. Check Your Battery – To avoid a jump-start in the middle of a snowstorm, we suggest getting your battery’s posts and connections checked and cleaned by one of our service professionals at Halterman’s Toyota. They will ensure your battery is in good shape and test its ability to hold a charge so that you avoid the consequences of having a weak battery in freezing weather.
- 3. Replace Your Wiper Blades – Make sure your windshield wiper blades are rubber-clad and in good condition for clearing snow and ice from your view of the road. We also suggest carrying an ice scraper and stocking up on freeze-resistant windshield washer fluid.
- 4. Ensure Your Heater & Defroster Work Well – Being able to defrost your windshield and stay warm inside your Toyota is crucial on icy days, for both comfort and safety. So, make sure your HVAC system is in good condition!
- 5. Refill or Replace Fluids – In addition to freeze-resistant wiper fluid, make sure your oil and oil filter are changed along with engine coolant, or antifreeze so that your engine stays running smoothly and at a steady temperature. The cold weather can do a number on your Toyota’s internal parts, so keeping them well greased and cared for will prevent extra wear or problems caused by extreme temperatures.
- 6. Examine Your Belts and Hoses – Whenever you come in for winter service, have them check the wear and tear on your vehicle’s belts and hoses, because cold weather can wreak havoc on those vital parts.
- 7. Pack an Emergency Kit – Most importantly, make sure your vehicle is stocked with these supplies so that you’re prepared for an emergency, especially on a long road trip:
• Jumper cables
• Flashlight and Extra Batteries
• First-Aid Kit
• Tool Kit
• Energy Bars or snacks
• Water Bottles
• Extra Gloves and Boots
• Small Shovel
• Sand or Kitty Litter To Help Give Traction If You’re Stuck
And that’s it! Following these 7 steps will ensure your Toyota survives the winter and you stay safe on the roads.
Contact us at Halterman’s Toyota to schedule a winter service today!