With temperatures dropping in Englewood, Colorado, driver’s should begin to take precautions against potential cold weather driving hazards. From new tires to new wipers and fluid, maintenance and accessories go a long way in winterizing your car. This helpful guide identifies common problems drivers face during the winter months, and solutions to guide them to safety.

Cold Weather Car Problems and Solutions

Problem: Your car doors, brakes, and trunk can freeze over during the winter.

Solution: Have your brakes and fluids examined by a certified technician. You can also purchase over-the-counter silicone sprays, de-icing glycerine, or door-lock lubricants that you can apply before bad weather shows up.

For SUVs, have a technician check the 4WD systems to make sure they are working properly. Consult your owner’s manual to know how to navigate between drive settings and when to use them for better traction.

Problem: Low fluid levels can freeze in your vehicle.

Solution: Have your car inspected, and replace or refill all fluids. You can consider adding a thinner oil solution and you’ll also want to keep your vehicle’s radiator coolant well-stocked. Finally, low or frozen wiper fluid can be problematic, so be sure to check fluid levels.

Problem: Worn or unbalanced tires are hazardous for driving on icy or slick roads.

Solution: You can greatly improve your traction by keeping your tires filled to the correct PSI. Also check with a technician to make sure you car is properly aligned. In Colorado, you’ll likely experience lots of snow this year, so consider changing out your tires for all-weather tires, or high-traction snow tires with studs.

Problem: Cold weather can reduce your battery capacity.

Solution: When your car gets serviced, make sure to ask the technician to check your battery capacity, as well as all cables, terminals, and fluids associated with your battery. A quick solution is to keep distilled water in your car to refill battery fluid if it gets low. You may consider getting a newer battery if your current one is more than six months old.

Problem: Hail, snow, dirt, and slush can strip the paint off your vehicle and corrode the finish in cold weather.

Solution: Protect your car’s finish by having it freshly waxed before the temperature drops. It’s also a good idea to have the wheel wells and undercarriage washed before, during, and after the winter months to avoid corrosive salt buildup.

Other Useful Cold Weather Car Accessories

In addition to the items listed above, you may also want to have these other items in your arsenal for possible cold weather emergencies:

  • Ice scraper and window brush

  • Bags of sand or kitty litter

  • A flashlight

  • Warm clothes, hat, and gloves

  • A blanket

  • Tools and tire chains

  • Extra washer fluid

  • Non-perishable snacks

  • Road flares

  • Jumper cables

  • Paper towels

  • First aid kit

Where to Winterize Your Subaru

At Groove Subaru, in Englewood, Colorado, we know the importance of taking precaution against harsh winter conditions. There’s no better time than now to bring your car, truck, or SUV in for maintenance and winterizing. We look forward to working with you.

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Tags: safety, Car, How-To