Winter Car Maintenance Tips | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN
Minnesota winters can be rough on your Mitsubishi, so prepare for those icy days ahead with a few easy maintenance tips.
As one of the most crucial fluids during winter, antifreeze will help the engine from freezing up. Make sure it’s at optimal levels before temperatures drop.
Cold weather affects a battery’s efficiency. Have a volt test performed to check and see if your battery is strong enough before the cold hits.
Winter means snow in Minnesota, so change out those all-season tires for durable snow tires. They are better at braking and turning on slippery roads. Check tire pressure often since tires lose about a pound of pressure with every 10-degree drop, which can lead to underperforming or over-worn tires.
Visibility is key in winter driving, so prolong your wipers’ lifespan by propping them up in the raised position to prevent them freezing to the glass. Keep your windshield wiper fluid topped off as well so you don’t run out when it’s most needed.
It’s wise to never let your gas tank go below half full in case you get stranded somewhere and need to wait for help.
Winter days mean longer nights, so having your headlights at full potential increases safety. Replace any broken bulbs and have yellowed headlights brought back to life with a restoration kit.
For rural areas in Minnesota, getting stuck in the snow can involve a long wait for help. Having a small survival kit can help prepare you for the worst. Pack things like a blanket, flashlight, cellphone charger with car adapter, some granola bars, and a first-aid kit. It’s also smart to have a knife, some de-icer spray, jumper cables, and a shovel in case you need to dig the car out.
To give your car a full pre-winter checkup, bring it to Don Robinson Mitsubishi and talk with our service center experts.