How to Winterize Your Volkswagen
While winter is often associated with the holiday season, it also brings about frigid temperatures that can make your car run less than smoothly. With this in mind, it’s more important than ever to conduct certain maintenance procedures during this time of year.
Luckily, we’ve put together this guide so you know exactly what you need to do to keep your car’s inner mechanics in good shape. If you notice issues with your vehicle that you don’t feel comfortable addressing on your own, come in and speak with a member of our service team.
Winter Car Care Checklist
Replace windshield wipers
This time of year typically brings increased levels of rain and, in certain regions, snow. In order to guarantee safe travels, it’s important to assess the wear and tear of your windshield wipers and replace them, if necessary. If you live in an area that gets significant winter weather, consider replacing your windshield wipers with ones that are especially designed to keep ice from collecting on the blades.
Check your battery
The chemical reactions needed to power your car slow down in frigid temperatures, requiring your battery to generate more current to start the engine. Check the health of your vehicle’s battery by running a load test to make sure it can readily generate enough power.
You’ll also want to make sure its connections are secure and uncorroded. For those who live in especially cold climates, consider buying a trickle charger to reduce power loss from winter temperatures. It’s also a best practice to replace any battery that is more than three years old.
Inspect your cabin air filter
Nobody likes sitting in a car that’s as cold as the air outside during the winter. To keep your interior warm and snug, you’ll need to make sure your vehicle’s heater is working at full capacity. Thankfully, it’s easy to tell if you need a new air cabin filter: If the engine makes a screeching sound when the fan is turned up, or if the vehicle simply refuses to warm up, it’s probably time for a replacement.
Fill up your antifreeze
Although it might seem like an afterthought for most of the year, having fresh antifreeze is important during winter. Without proper levels of antifreeze, the liquid in your engine’s coolant system is at risk of freezing.
You can conduct a coolant test by removing the cap on your radiator and looking at the quality and fill level of the antifreeze. The coolant should be slightly transparent and above the minimum fill line. It’s generally advised to replace antifreeze every two years.
Change your oil
The cold weather thickens your vehicle’s oil, leading to less-than-optimal lubrication and potential damage to your engine’s parts. This means that keeping your oil clean and fresh is a critical step to winterizing your vehicle and ensuring good vehicle health.
Winterize Your Car in Summit, NJ
Make sure you’re ready to handle any and all challenges from winter weather by scheduling an appointment at Douglas Volkswagen in Summit, New Jersey.