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Winter Car Care Part 6 – Winter Upkeep

By Product Expert | Posted in Service on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Two cars headed in opposite directions on a snow-covered road in winter

Welcome to the last installment of Fox Toyota’s winter car care series. If you haven’t been following along, each post in the winter car care series offers a maintenance suggestion that we think would be a good idea to tackle before the winter season. So far, we have posted about fixing existing conditions, replacing wiper blades, checking fluid levels, replacing old tires, and putting together an emergency roadside kit. If you haven’t completed those steps yet, you can always go back and read the posts now. Today, we are going to move on to what you should be doing to protect your car once winter hits. Find our best suggestions for how to look after your car in winter below.

An ice scraper scraping off a car windshieldHow to look After Your Car in Winter

Our tips for keeping your car running in good condition in winter are relatively easy to follow and can help make a big difference. Check out the tips below.

  • Turn off wiper blades before turning off the car
  • Check tire air pressure often (especially when temps fluctuate)
  • Invest in a good ice scraper
  • Park in a garage or next to a building overnight whenever possible
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full

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Protect from Salt

The best way to protect your car exterior from harmful salt that can cause rust and corrosion is to keep it clean with regular trips to the car wash. When you do go to the car wash, try going on the warmest day of the week and earlier in the morning so your car has a chance to dry before freezing shut. It also helps to avoid driving through deep snow or large puddles whenever possible as they can transfer salt to the undercarriage of your car and cause damage.

We hope you found our winter car care series helpful in preparing your car for colder weather. Keep following the Fox Toyota blog for more seasonal automotive tips, FAQs, and Toyota news.

5 Responses to “Winter Car Care Part 6 – Winter Upkeep”

  1. Jane watson says:

    Really important tips about the car maintenance during the winter season. Winter affects the cars most than any other season does. So, the car needs special maintenance during the winter season. The battery should be checked at a regular interval and it should be properly charged. We should avoid taking short drives, as the battery couldn’t get properly charged and hence affected by the extreme temperatures. If it is two to three years old then it should be replaced by a new one according to the owner’s manual. De-icing spray should be used for removing snow from the windshield. And another thing is that we should use winter tire during the winter season as they can produce more traction on the snowy surfaces than that summer tires.

  2. David Payne says:

    The severe winter conditions can be tough on the motor cars. No matter, how many times you have serviced your vehicle before the snowy winter because winter car care is an obligatory task that you have to perform meticulously during the winter to make sure your automobile is fully prepared to conquer the winter provocations. But what happens is that many vehicle owners take this seasonal car care as a purposeless engagement. I think this wrong belief may damage their speculation. So, if you think you are not one of them and you want to protect your asset from winter hazards, then you must keep up with the winter car maintenance schedule so that you can detect and fix the issues in the first place.

  3. Sean Spence says:

    It is truly incautious to step down in a poorly functional speed machine in the dead of Jack Frost. Driving the vehicle on a snowy path is not a five-finger exercise. And a reliable automobile and good driving expertise ensure a risk-free ride. You can cultivate a mature driving prowess on your own. But do you know- how to make your old faithful dependable? Performing the aftercare errands timely- is the only way to enjoy a trouble-free ride each time you hit the thoroughfare. You just need to go through your owner’s manual and consult a skilled car engineer to get the best recommendation about winter car care measures.

  4. Kacie Goodman says:

    Winter is harsh for vehicles. During winter, the roads are generally covered with snow and the drivers face difficulty in driving. Therefore it is recommended to use winter tires in vehicles. We must replace the ordinary tires with winter tires which can provide better traction in the snowy road. We must check the battery of the car. If it more than 3 years old, we have to conduct volt test on it. We should use thinner oil and thinner fluids in the winter.

  5. Colin Lambert says:

    As temperature drops, everyday commutes become frightful. Thus, it is more crucial than ever to ensure that your speed machine is in peerless condition. You have to follow the following steps to avoid getting stuck in the cold and bad collisions.
    1)Keep the terminals of the battery clean, check battery fluid and its potency to hold the charge.
    2)Install snow tires and keep the tires properly inflated all along the Jack Frost.
    3)Make sure all the electrical stuffs are in good order.
    4)Washing the car by appointing a sure-footed car mechanic will be handy.

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