Caring for your vehicle in the winter is much different than caring for it any other season. You're not wiping pollen or leaves off of your vehicle -- it's snow. Because of the cooler temperatures, extra steps might be required to keep your vehicle running well in the winter. You have to be more in tune with what's going on with your vehicle to make sure you don't end up stranded. Check out these winter car care tips to keep in mind this season.

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5 Types of Winter Car Care

Battery

Ensure that your battery is in good shape for the winter months, as a bad battery will leave you marooned in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on your battery will give you peace of mind or inform you that you need a new battery.

Gasoline

Maintaining your fuel tank levels helps you in the winter for several reasons. First, a full tank will keep water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Second, it could help you keep warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.

Coolant

Keeping the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, the coolant in your vehicle is very important. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires usually stay more flexible during low temperatures, which can supply better traction when you want to stop on cold pavement, even in the absence of snow. Plus, your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your car is less predictable when your tires aren't inflated enough, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.

Defroster

Don't want to be only scraping and pouring hot water onto your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.

Plus...

We highly recommend everyone have some type of survival kit in their vehicle in case of emergency. While this isn't a car care tip as much as a tip to keep you prepared, it will make all the difference if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider a survival kit, especially if you do a lot of traveling through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Lombard Toyota at 725 West Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL, 60148 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving our customers from Lombard, IL, and throughout Naperville and Wheaton, IL!