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Winter Checklist

In extreme cold, your vehicle needs extra care to help it start and keep going through harsh weather conditions. Autumn is the perfect time to get your car ready for winter driving. Below is a basic list of how to prepare your vehicle for winter. Also, make sure you check your owner's manual for any other manufacturer's recommendations, and see a technician at a A1 Automotive for questions or a comprehensive vehicle review.

Antifreeze

  • Check coolant levels
  • Hoses are in good condition, not soft or brittle

Battery

  • Battery load has been tested for weakness
  • Be sure the battery is at proper operating levels
  • Battery terminals are clean, in good condition and cables are secure

Brakes

  • Brake fluid is at proper levels
  • Inspect brake pads for wear
  • Rotors are in good condition

Emergency Kit

  • Winter Emergency Kit is assembled and in the car

Exhaust

  • Exhaust system is free of leaks and/or holes

Heater & Defroster

  • These are in good working order

Lights

  • Brake lights are in good working order
  • Headlights are in good working order
  • Reverse lights are in good working order

Oil

  • An oil change has been done within the last 3,000 miles

Tires

  • Check air pressure for proper inflation, including spare
  • Inspect tread for wear
  • Tires are suitable for driving conditions (i.e. studded tires for remote areas; chains for deep snow areas)

Transmission

  • Transmission fluid is at proper levels

Tune-up

  • Oil filter has been changed
  • Air filter has been changed

Windshield Wipers

  • Are still in good condition (not cracked or worn)

Windshield Wiper Fluid

  • Replace wiper fluid with specially-formulated solution for windshields
  • Wiper fluid is at proper levels

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