Snow has started falling and it’s time to prepare for another Midwest winter. This includes scheduling seasonal maintenance with your Indianapolis Jeep dealer to keep your Jeep and other vehicles in top operating condition. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and road salt can all take their toll on even the toughest trucks, but proper maintenance and preparation can prevent vehicle damage and serious accidents. Keep these tips in mind to help keep your wheels on the road and your Jeep out of the body shop this winter.
Stop the Slip and Slide
Four-wheel drive is obviously a critical feature for winter. If you haven’t used yours for a while, visit your Jeep dealer for a check-up so you aren’t stuck spinning your wheels in the snow. That brings us to the next part of the checklist – the tires. Your tires should be properly inflated with ample tread to grip slick roads. If you’re planning on off-roading you may also want to check into snow tires and tire chains. Adding interior slush mats and mud flaps is a good idea if you don’t already have them in place.
Fill Up on Fluids
Next, you’ll want to top off fluids such as coolant and wiper fluid – look for one with de-icer to keep your windshield clean in even the coldest temperatures. Test and replace front and rear windshield wiper blades for maximum visibility in snowy conditions. If you’re close to being due for an oil change, take care of that as well.
Keep the Cold Out
If you’re a Jeep Wrangler owner, get your hard-top out of storage and inspect it for cracks or damage. Don’t have a hard top or need some weather stripping replaced? Visit your Indianapolis Jeep dealer for a new one or possible repairs.
There are a few car care basics that are even more important in the winter. Have your battery tested to make sure you won’t be stranded on one of the first cold days of winter. Check your headlights, tail lights, and turn signals and replace any bulbs that are dim or burnt out.
Finally, you should always keep an emergency kit stocked with essentials for digging out of the snow and staying warm. Hand warmers, extra gloves, a hat, collapsible shovel, flashlight, tow straps, jumper cables, and some kitty litter for traction are a good place to start. Depending on your vehicle and the winter adventures you plan to embark on, a winch kit and grille guard can help if you or a friend get into a treacherous situation.
Taking proper precautions now can help you stay safe all winter!