Your Winter Car Checklist: Fluids

winter check list

As we move into the winter months, we’re going to be updating our blog with different systems and components you need to check in your car to make sure it’s running properly for the winter season!

Last week we talked about your engine oil but as you prepare for winter, it’s important to check other fluids in your car to keep your car in working condition this winter!

Here’s a brief list of fluids to check, replace or have on hand:

Wiper Fluid
Did you know that snowy or rainy days, you can go through half a gallon or more of windshield washer fluid, trying to keep your windshield clear. For that reason, it’s important to check your windshield wiper fluid before a big snow or ice storm and make sure you have some extra fluid in your trunk, just in case you run out or are going on a long trip.

Antifreeze, which is what goes in your radiator, will protect your car in the winter temperature. Engine coolant should be a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze because it has a lower freezing point. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is as close to 50/50 as you can get it.

Power Steering Fluid
Your power steering fluid will keep your steering smooth and easy, which is extremely important when your driving on snowy and icy roads. Power steering oil doesn’t get low too often but if you can never remember checking it, it might be time to do so or ask your mechanic too!