Getting Your Truck Ready for Winter

Normal, regular maintenance on your truck will improve your gasoline mileage, assist in catching problems before they become major repair expenses and can help to reduce pollution. Listed are a few maintenance items to check in getting your truck ready for winter.

Check the Anti-Freeze

Winter weather can always be a factor with the performance of your truck, anti-freeze helps protects your engine from the freezing cold.  Anti-freeze is a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent anti-freeze mix blended together. This will usually protect the engine in weather ranging from 20-degrees down to zero degrees.

A good practice for protection from the cold is to check the anti-freeze levels and add additional as needed.

Check the Battery

Check the water in your battery and if low add distilled water.   The water in the battery should cover the lead plates.  After adding the distilled water be sure to charge your battery because the distilled water will dilute the electrolyte solution in the battery.

Battery checks: ensure that the battery terminals and cables are clean and connected tightly.  Be prepared and know that a battery can fail at anytime with no warning.

One good practice is to check your battery fluids monthly if you have removable gas caps.  If the truck is newer, be mindful that removing any cables could cause a loss of the data or even damage.  Be sure to check your owner’s manual and avoid direct contact with any of the fluids because they can be corrosive.

Truck maintenance on battery terminals
Ensure that the battery terminals and cables are clean and connected tightly.

Check the Tires

Inspect the tires for good tread.  Tires in cold temperatures have a lower tire pressure. Manufacturers have a recommended tire pressure. The recommended pressure in the manual is the maximum amount of pressure that each tire should be inflated.  Consider switching to snow tires in the winter if you drive on steep roads.

Inspect the tires for good tread when getting your truck ready for winter.
Inspect the tires for good tread when getting your truck ready for winter.

 Check the Wiper Blades & Washer Fluid

Wiper blades that are over six months old need to be replaced.  When heading out be sure to check for frozen rain, snow or frost on your windshield and if so be sure to clean the wipers off before using them, or else the end result could be a blown wiper fuse, damaged wiper motor, or torn blades.  Be sure to use a windshield washer solution that doesn’t freeze up in the winter temperatures.  Top-off the solution regularly since you’ll use your windshield washers more often when traveling on slushy streets.

Damaged Wiper Blades
Wiper blades that are over six months old need to be replaced.

If the weather is severe, a good investment is to purchase winter blades made of rubber-clad to help fight against ice build-up on you windows.  Carry extra windshield washer fluid because you will go through quite a bit of it from all the slush and snow.  Remember to put your ice scraper in the car with you.

Check the Oil

Most oil changes should be done every 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on your vehicle. Be sure to check the owner’s manual for the suggested viscosity of oil that’s correct for winter temperatures.  Be consistent with your oil changes by staying on top of them when needed.  Daily driving is mostly stop-and-go or everyday short trips.  Changing your oil filter and oil on a regular basis is needed to protect your engine and is one of the most forgotten aspects of checking the oil.  By being pro-active this will help protect the engine.

Carry an Emergency Road Kit

  • Always carry an emergency road kit with you. Your emergency kit should contain:
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone and extra car charger
  • Tire chains
  • Small shovel and sand or kitty litter
  • Flares
  • Extra blankets
  • Gloves and boots

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