Winterizing Your Subaru

How to winterize your Subaru 

Winterize Your Subaru with Subaru of Midland Odessa

With cold weather approaching, you want to know that your Subaru is in prime condition and ready for the drastic change in temperatures. Take the time to have your vehicle winterized, so that it is prepared for this season. 

Check Important Systems

Have your battery checked to see if it needs to be replaced. Batteries take more power in the colder weather to start the vehicle. If your battery is near the end of its life, you may notice that it needs to be jumped more often.

Check the cooling system to make sure the coolant is set for cold temperatures. If it doesn't have the correct ratio, your coolant could freeze, preventing your engine from starting.

Belts and hoses should be checked at this time of the year as well. Even though they can need to be replaced at any time, cold weather is often hard on the belts and hoses, causing them to crack. Plus, you have the added worry if you're stranded in cold weather.

Another important system to check is windshield wipers. You'll want to make sure the washer is full of fluid to clean the windshield of mud and dirt, which often accumulates in winter. Have wipers replaced if they aren't cleaning the glass well.

Test all your lights, headlights, taillights, and other parts of the lighting system. While you need your lights all year long, you do more driving after dark in the winter.

Tires and Brakes

Your tires are critical to performance anytime, but especially in the winter. The tires must have enough tread to get grip on snow and ice. Notice their condition, which includes tread wear and if there are any imperfections on the tire. You want your tires to be in excellent condition to provide a safe ride in winter weather.

You must also make sure the tires have the proper inflation. If they are too low or too high in air pressure, the tires may not have enough grip to protect you on the road.

While brakes don't need special attention for winter driving, they do need to be in good shape. Stopping a vehicle can be more challenging in slippery conditions. You don't want your brakes to lock up or fail to stop the vehicle in traffic. A service technician can measure the tread left on your brake pads to ensure they can function the way they are supposed to.

Be Prepared

Part of winterizing your vehicle includes being prepared for issues that may happen out on the road. First, make sure you always have your gas tank at least half full. If you get stuck somewhere, you can run the engine to keep the cabin warm until help arrives.

You also need to have a winter safety kit in the vehicle in case of an emergency. It should include:

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Pack of matches
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable food and drinks
  • Ice scraper
  • Warm clothing and blankets
  • Antifreeze
  • Car tool kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Bag of sand
  • Shovel

Get your vehicle ready for winter with a visit to Subaru of Midland Odessa for service. Let us help you stay safe out on the road this season.