How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter In Portland, OR
Is Your MINI Car Ready For Winter?
Check Tires For Winter
- Check your tires for uneven tread wear and optimal tire pressure.
- If any of the tires are low in air, refill appropriately and keep track of the tire to make sure you don't have a small air leak.
- If your MINI vehicle has low tire tread, you should consider replacing your tires before winter.
- All-season tires should suffice in most locations. In case you're in an area that receives a great deal of snow, winter tires are recommended.
- Winter tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds built to grip ice and snow; they also tend to have a shorter tread life.
Complete An Auto Fluid Check
- Check your oil and oil levels. If it is low or if it's been 5,000 miles since your last oil change, consider changing your oil.
- Common winter multi-viscosity oils to use are 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30.
- Check your anti-freeze levels. If you're refilling, try to keep a 50/50 ratio of water and antifreeze; this keeps the coolant from freezing.
- Examine your car's windshield washer fluid. If it's low, refill it.
Test Car Battery Power Levels
- If the battery is low, you can attempt charging it, but make sure the battery holds a charge.
- Low temperatures automatically reduces battery cranking power, which means you want to make sure the battery is fully charged during cold weather.
- Check battery terminals for any corrosion. When there is corrosion on the terminals, clean them thoroughly.
- Check battery fluid level. If the fluid is low, you can add distilled water.
- Generally if the battery is more than 5 years old and shows signs of weakness, MINI of Portland suggests replacing the battery with a new one.