Winter car checklist

2015-05-18 07:42

CHECKING your vehicle before the temperature drops is a sensible way to avoid being stranded in the cold and the unexpected expense of emergency repairs. Follow the following checklist to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

Heating, wipers and lights

Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly.

Consider winter wiper blades and use cold-weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.

Tyres and brakes

Tyre tread

Check the tyre tread depth and pressure of all tyres, including the spare.

Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.

Petrol, oil and filters

Keep your petrol tank at least half full throughout the cold weather to prevent moisture from forming in gas lines and possibly freezing.

Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.

System checks – charging, cooling and exhaust

Have the battery and charging system checked, as cold weather is hard on batteries.

Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.

Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving with windows closed.

Pack essentials

Stock an emergency kit with jumper cables, a torch, blankets, extra clothes, bottled water, non-perishable food and a first-aid kit with medication.

- www.carcare.org

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