February 27, 2024

Zero Degrees, Zero Worries: 6 Essential Fluid Checks For Winter Driving

As the winter chill sets in, it’s crucial to give your vehicle some extra attention to ensure it performs optimally in cold conditions. One of the key aspects of winter car care is checking and maintaining essential fluids. Neglecting these can lead to a range of issues, from poor performance to potential damage. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over the must-check fluids to keep your car running smoothly during the winter months.

Johns walks us through essential fluids to check before you embark on your next winter expedition:

6 Essential Fluid Checks

1. Engine Oil:

engine oil cap and oil dipstick

Cold temperatures can cause engine oil to thicken, making it harder for your engine to start. Make sure you have oil on your vehicles dipstick and your oil change service is up-to-date.

2. Coolant/Antifreeze:

coolant cap

Antifreeze is not just for preventing your engine from overheating in the summer; it’s equally important in winter. Check that your coolant is at the proper concentration to prevent freezing and ensure efficient heat transfer. See more about your heating and cooling system.

3. Transmission Fluid:

Transmission fluid dip stick

Cold weather can impact the viscosity of transmission fluid, affecting gear shifting. Make sure your transmission fluid is at the right level according to your vehicle’s specifications. Depending on what kind of car you have, you may or may not have a dipstick similar to this picture to check. Learn more about transmission service.

4. Brake Fluid:

brake fluid cap and reservoir

Brakes are critical for safety, especially in winter driving conditions. Check the brake fluid level and condition. If it’s discolored or below the recommended level, it’s time for a top-up or a fluid flush. Read all about your brake system.

5. Power Steering Fluid:

Power Steering fluid dip stick and cap

Cold weather can strain your power steering system. Ensure the power steering fluid is at the correct level and is in good condition for smooth and responsive steering. Check out our page on power steering fluid service.

6. Windshield Washer Fluid:

wind shield wiper cap reservoir

Visibility is paramount during winter, and road salt and grime can quickly dirty your windshield. Use a mixed windshield washer fluid to prevent it from freezing and ensure clear visibility. We wrote another blog about wiper blades in the winter you can check it out here.

Regularly checking and maintaining these essential fluids is a small investment that can go a long way in ensuring your vehicle’s reliability and safety during the winter season. If you’re unsure about any of these tasks, don’t hesitate to visit or schedule an appointment with one of our auto shops for a winter check-up. Happy winter driving!


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