How to Maintain Your Vehicle for Winter

When it comes to maintaining the health of your vehicle for the winter, there seems to sometimes be confusion.  Most people think Heating, Tires for travel, Oil Check, Brakes, amongst other maintenance categories.  Most folks do not think “Cooling System”.  Just Like Summer; the Cooling System needs inspected and maintained during the winter months.

The cooling system service for your vehicle is often neglected.  It does not have to be maintained as often as other automotive systems.  Therefore, it is often forgotten about until something breaks or leaks.  It is always less expensive to keep your cooling system maintained rather then waiting for something to break.

Cooling Fan and Cooling System



If you do not change the antifreeze when recommended the cooling system can suffer.  Antifreeze has additives to lubricate the seals in a water pump.  It also has anti-corrosion additives.  The metal parts in an engine especially aluminum will corrode rapidly once these additives have broken down.  This will cause a scale that will eventually build up and clog the radiator or heater core.

Antifreeze Green                                                                                                         Coolant Colors can vary in color

Coolant Colors can vary in color











Find out which Coolant is best for your car by studying up on the different types and brands.  It is always best to ask a professional automotive expert.

The best way to find out which Coolant is best for your vehicle is to always check your “Vehicles Manual”.  If your Vehicle Manual has been lost or misplaced, here is the best place to find All Information regarding the year, make, and model of your vehicle.

Information For Your Type of Vehicle

This is what All Vehicles Need to maintain their Cooling/Heating System.

  1. Have your Cooling System inspected for leaks.
  2. Replace or Check the radiator cap so that it maintains pressure.
  3. Inspect the thermostat for opening at proper temperature.
  4. Inspect Water Pump Drive Belt.
  5. Inspect hoses.
  6. Inspect Cooling Fan Operation
  7. Change your Antifreeze according to your manufacturer’s recommendations.
  1. Green Coolants (ethylene glycol) every 30,000 miles.
  2. Long Life Coolants (dex-cool) approximately every 80,000 miles.
  3. One part Antifreeze to One Part Distilled Water.
Drive Belt
Cooling System and Water Pump










It is always easier to take your vehicle to the professional and be sure that the inspection and maintenance is done right.   There are a lot of Automotive Shops that do inspect and diagnose for no charge.  They may be hard to find but they are out there.  If you are in my local area I do Inspect and Diagnose for no charge.  I also have a Coupon that you can print out for Service.

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There is a way for you to Do-it-Yourself. You can repair or at least maintain your vehicle yourself and save yourself a lot of money. You can find the right Do-it-Yourself Repair and Maintenance Manual for your particular vehicle by clicking the link below.

Do it Yourself Online Automotive Repair Information

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