Winter is coming just around the corner it is time to start thinking about winterizing ones vehicle. Now there are several ways to do this, one can trust someone else to do it, do it yourself or do some of it yourself and take the rest in for someone else to do.
Only you know your budget and sometimes things are better if a professional does them but not necessarily cheaper.
Here is a list of things one can do to ready ones vehicle for winter:
Number 1: Check the heater and if applicable the rear defroster by turning them on and making sure they both work. Turn the heater on inside the car after it is warmed up and make sure heat is blowing out. If heat is coming out then move on and check the rear defroster by making sure it works as well simply turn it on and feel the window in the back of the car it should feel warmer than the rest of the windows. Do this in a shady area.
Number 2: Check the anti -freeze to make sure it will with stand the elements. One can purchase a tester for this at any automotive store. If in doubt one can take it to a certified mechanic.
Testing it oneself is always better even if one plans to take it in for service. This way one will know if someone is being honest or not.
Number 3: If the anti-freeze is bad it is a good ideal to change it out before it gets cold. This can be done by purchasing the proper anti -freeze and draining the cars system with the valve located at the base of the radiator.
This can also be done cheaply at any oil change facility.
Number 4: Check the owner’s manual and see if ones vehicle requires a different type oil for the winter months. This is something that can be done at an oil change facility cheaply. Planning ahead will help one decide when to have it done by scheduling an appointment.
Of course if you are like me you find it hard to trust someone else working on your vehicle. Doing things yourself insures they are done right and one also saves money in the process. Thinking ahead and keeping ones vehicle maintained correctly will save you time and money as well as minimize breakdowns on cold nights.