Twin Hills

Our professional team at Twin Hills Ford on Yonge Street will tell you, without a doubt, that winterizing your vehicle is incredibly important. Not only does winterizing save you time and money, but it can save lots of aggravation, too!

As soon as the temperature begins to hover consistently around freezing, it’s time to winterize. It’s never been easier either - with our scheduling available online, there’s no good reason to find yourself left out in the cold this winter.

Consider Snow Tires

Snow tires outperform regular tires. That’s just a fact. In certain circumstances, that outperformance can have big consequences.

The advantage comes in the superior tread on a snow tire. It’s made for traction on slippery surfaces like ice and snow. They also have a grip enhancement that will outperform a regular tire on rain, slush, snow, or even on the cold, dry pavement every single time.

Don’t wait too long to purchase your snow tires. Supplies typically decrease after the first heavy snowfall.

Check Your Antifreeze

A 50/50 solution of antifreeze and coolant is typically what most recommend as the temperature drops. For our area, a 70/30 solution is likely more appropriate. Adding antifreeze to your vehicle keeps the engine cool without allowing it to freeze in cold weather.

If you don’t add antifreeze to your coolant and it freezes, this could cause expensive total engine failure. This quick addition is well worth your time and money.

Check Your Battery

In winter months, your battery likely struggles to perform. In cold temperatures, it’s estimated that battery power can be reduced as much as 50%. Let a trusted mechanic test the battery for charge. Typically, most advise that if the battery is over 5 years old, you should change it before it begins to give you any trouble. Ask your mechanic to ensure all terminals, cables, caps, and connections are clean and in good shape.

Check Oil (Viscosity)

Routine oil changes should occur approximately every 3000 miles. As you travel into the fall, ask your mechanic to replace your current oil with one that is thinner and has a lower viscosity.

Cold weather causes oil to thicken, making it more difficult for it to lubricate the car’s engine properly. Changing to a thinner oil should prevent any issues during the winter season.

Check Wiper Blades and Wiper Fluid

Don’t wait until you need wiper blades to change them! There’s nothing more frightening than being on the road in inclement weather when you try to use defunct wiper blades.

Go ahead and change the blades before the likelihood of bad weather increases. There are lots of options available. Look for high-functioning blades manufactured specifically for use in snow and ice.

In addition, it’s a good idea to add freeze-resistant wiper fluid to your vehicle, so that when you need a quick rinse to clear your windshield, it’s ready at your fingertips.

Check Tire Pressure

You should always have a little less air in the tire than the maximum allowed pressure. Look in your owner’s manual or on the inside of the door panel for the maximum allowed pressure. Invest in a small tire gauge that stores easily in the console or glovebox. Don’t forget to check the air pressure in your spare tire too, just in case.

You shouldn’t have to check tire pressure that often, especially if you have snow tires. However, we certainly recommend checking before a long trip through inclement weather. It’s always more comfortable to check tires in the warmth of your garage than when your tire goes flat in the freezing cold!

Stock Your Car

Being prepared isn’t just for Boy Scouts! As winter approaches, go ahead and fill an all-weather bag with some emergency essentials in case you find yourself stranded in inclement weather. The more comfortable everyone can be during a long wait, the better! Most recommend the following be kept in your car at all times:

    • Jumper cables

    • Small tool kit

    • Tire-changing essentials - jack, lug wrench, spare tire, even a small piece of cardboard for kneeling

    • Tire chains

    • Tire gauge

    • Warm blanket, extra mittens/gloves

    • Paper towels and antibacterial gel or wipes

    • A few water bottles

    • Non-perishable snack foods - trail mix, nuts, jerky, hard candy

    • High-beam flashlight

    • First-aid kit - don’t forget any essential medicines

If you have children traveling in the vehicle, you also may consider adding:

    • Extra blankets and/or a pillow

    • A deck of cards, some books, a magazine

    • Extra snacks and water

As fall approaches, don’t wait until the last minute to get prepared. Call our service team at Twin Hills Ford in Richmond Hill, and let’s get you ready for winter sooner rather than later.

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