Vehicle Maintenance

Keeping your vehicle in good working condition can prevent dangerous accidents, particularly during winter storms.

  • Have routine oil and fluid changes, tire rotation, and tune-ups on your vehicle.
  • Test your vehicle's battery. Batteries are much weaker in colder weather.
  • Have your exhaust system inspected and make sure there are no leaks. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can accumulate quickly in closed vehicles.
  • Make sure the heater and defrosters are working properly.
  • Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition and fill the washers with antifreeze solvent.
  • Check the radiator, heater core and all hoses that carry anti-freeze solution to see that they are in good condition and free of leaks. The solution should be good to at least 40 degrees below zero.
  • Put winter weight oil (usually 5W-30) in the engine.
  • Check your tires regularly for proper pressure and tread wear. Replace wiper blades every six months.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times to prevent moisture from freezing the lines.
  • Make sure your headlights and taillights are working properly.
  • Keep a flashlight in your vehicle.