StormTeam Winter Car Care

Each year you want to make sure your car is ready for "Ole Man Winter".  The last thing you that you want to have happen is be stuck somewhere with a car that won't start.  Below you'll find some tips to help get your car ready for winter.

  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Winterize your car each fall.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Flush the cooling system and add new coolant. Coolant is a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Keep the windshield wiper fluid level high! Use a mixture of water and the blue wiper detergent.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Get the battery load tested. Load testing determines the condition of the battery.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">If your battery is more than 4 years old, replace it before cold weather sets in.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Inspect the belts and replace, if needed.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Replace worn or bald tires. Switch to snow tires, if it snows in your area.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Make sure the lights, heater and defroster work.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Carry a "StormTeam Winter Survival Kit" in the trunk of your car: shovel, kitty litter (for traction, in case you get stuck in the snow), tire chains, ice scraper, flashlight with fresh batteries, jumper cables, can of "lock de-icer" spray and wool blanket.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Keep the gas tank as full as possible to avoid moisture that can freeze in the gas lines.