Prep Your Vehicle For Winter!

Honda Barn looked to the Car Care Council to help create this helpful checklist for you before winter hits!
Heating, Wipers & Lights

  • Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers are working
  • Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid
  • Are all exterior and interior lights working? Are your headlights properly aimed? Are they clear?

Tires & Brakes

  • Check the tire tread depth and pressure of all tires – including your spare.
  • Where snow and ice are a problem in our area, consider snow tires.
  • Brakes are the most important safety feature – have them checked!
  • If you need to change a tire – do you have a jack? Do you know how to use it? Become familiar with it. 

Gas, Oil & Filters

  • In addition to keeping your gas tank at least half full during the winter, add a bottle of fuel deicer to the vehicle’s fuel tank once a month, especially before the temperature drops below freezing. This will help prevent moisture from forming in gas lines and possibly freezing.
  • Keep up with your oil and filter changes as recommended. Be sure to change your oil to “winter weight” oil, and check fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.

System Checks – Charging, Cooling & Exhaust

  • Check your battery & charging system. Cold weather is hard on batteries
  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system
  • Check your exhaust system for carbon monoxide leaks. This can be exceptionally dangerous during cold weather driving when the windows are closed.
  • Examine hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose, or showing signs of excessive wear

Last, but not least – here at Honda Barn, we’ve compiled a list of items that we believe are necessary to have in your vehicle…

  • Ice Scraper/Snow brush/maybe even a small digging shovel
  • Jumper cables (although be careful – with today’s added technology, “jump starting" a vehicle may not be the right thing to do!)/flashlight and extra batteries/flares/blankets/extra clothes/extra boots
  • Bottled water/non-perishable food
  • First-Aid kit with necessary medications
  • Clay cat litter or sand to help get a grip on ice or get unstuck (many people have different views on either of these)
  • Cell phone and extra car charger
  • Ample amount of strong rope to help pull someone out of a snow drift or for someone to pull you out

If you would like Honda Barn to prep your vehicle for winter, call Honda Barn at (603)772-7300 for an appointment.

Go to www.carcare.org for a free, downloadable Car Care Guide. 

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