How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

2023 Volkswagen Taos Driving in Snow

Winter is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start preparing your vehicle for the cold months ahead. In this preparation guide from Kempthorn Motors, we highlight all our best winter car maintenance tips to help you stay safe on roads. Learn how to prepare your car for winter below, and call us at 330-452-6511 to schedule an appointment in Canton. 



Preparing Your Car for Winter: Checklist

Whether going holiday shopping in or taking an extended trip outside of OH to visit relatives, your car needs a little bit of extra help to perform in harsh weather. Start preparing your car for winter with this checklist:

Replace Wiper Blades and Wiper Fluid

You never want to be caught driving in a snowstorm with old wiper blades or frozen wiper fluid. Having clear visibility is essential in these conditions, so getting heavy-duty wiper blades and freeze-resistant wiper blades is one of the most important winter car maintenance tips we have.

Install Winter Tires

Whether you have a daily work commute or frequently run the kids around town, winter tires will bring more peace of mind due to their enhanced control, shorter stopping distance, and improved grip on snowy and icy roads.

Get an Oil Change

Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Cold weather causes motor oil to thicken, so it’s a good idea to schedule an oil change at the beginning of the winter season.

Check Your Battery

Cold weather is tough on your car battery. Before the temperatures start to drop, visit Kempthorn Motors for a battery test and inspection to ensure everything is in good condition. Our service department can help you replace your battery if needed.

Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure

As the temperature starts to get lower, so does your tire pressure. Check your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter months to ensure you have optimal traction on Canton roads.

Monitor Your Coolant Levels

Maintaining the optimal level of coolant in your radiator helps your engine run smoothly in the winter. Consult your owner’s manual to determine the right coolant type for your model, then place an online order through our parts department.

Check Your Heater

Nobody wants to start off their day with a cold drive to work. Check your heating system before it gets cold so it’s ready when you need it.

Inspect Your Brakes

Copious amounts of snow and ice can cause a buildup of rust on your brakes, resulting in reduced performance. Perform regular brake inspections to avoid this, or visit Kempthorn Motors so our experts can take a look. 

Get More Winter Car Maintenance Tips from Kempthorn Motors

Now that you know how to prepare your car for winter, it’s time to start ticking items off your checklist. Whether you need an oil change or new winter tires, the Kempthorn Motors service center is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. Then, check out our winter driving tips.


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