Things must do to get The Car Ready for Winter
The list will help every driver to avoid no-starts, frozen doors, and windows, engine freeze-up, and accidents.
Test the Car Battery
Every car batteries have a limited life. Do not wait if your battery fails and leave you stranded. Drivers can check the conditions of the battery by starting an entire charging system with a computerized battery tester.
Clean the Battery Terminals
During winter corrosion buildup on battery posts and terminals that may cause hard to start the battery and prevent the charging system to fully recharging the battery. To prevent this, disconnect the negative then disconnect the positive cable. Then clean the battery terminal posts using a battery cleaning tool or wire brush then clean the cable terminals. From the top of the battery clean off all grease and acid residue with a paper towel. Then connector re-install the positive cable terminal, then next the negative cable.
Protect the Battery Terminals
To avoid corrosion for future battery terminal spray a battery terminal protectant. After the cleaning of battery terminal spray each terminal with a liberal coating of battery terminal protectant spray.
Lubricate Window Tracks
One the thing that can damage the window is the freezing water that seeps inside window track that creates drag when trying to open. This drag can damage the window regulator cables, costing almost $300. To avoid this problem lubricate the entire window tracks with spray silicone or dry Teflon spray lubricant.
Lube Weather Stripping
When the water seeps between the door and weather stripping and freezes, the car can be frozen. To avoid this freezing, coat both the weather stripping and the mating door surfaces with spray silicone. To prevent spraying the silicone into car’s interior, directly spray onto a clean rag.
Check Tire Tread Depth
The worst enemy for the car is worn tires. It decreases stability on wet roads and increases stopping distance. To check the depth of the tread, use an inexpensive tire tread depth gauge from any auto parts store. Then, check the tread depth in the center and outer edges of each tire. If the reading is less than 4/32-in this means it needs to buy a new tire.