How to Prep a Car for Winter

Winter tire wheels using 4WD

Winter is a busy time with festivities, gatherings, shopping, and long to-do lists. One thing to put near the top of your list is winter auto care. Whether you’re holiday shopping around Federal Way or heading to grandma’s house out of Auburn, you should be prepared for the worst winter driving conditions. Here the service pros at Sunset Kia of Auburn share some winter car prep tips so you’ll know how to prep a car for winter before it gets too cold. 

Winter Car Prep Tips

From quick trips to the dry cleaners or weekend adventures with the family beyond Sumner, we want you to feel as safe as possible. Learning how to prepare a car for winter is a wise idea for every driver and provides more confidence behind the wheel. Here are winter car prep tips to help you stay comfortable and safe:

  • Consider winter tires: It’s wise to switch to winter tires if you expect lots of snow because they enhance grip and traction for better control. 
  • Check your tire pressure: Your tires will probably deflate as the weather gets cold, so conduct routine PSI checks for proper inflation.
  • Routine brake checks: You should also regularly check your brakes during the winter. Wet roads in Puyallup can cause rust to build up and decrease your brake performance.
  • Check your coolant levels: Ensure you have plenty of coolant in your radiator. Check your owner’s manual to find the right coolant for your vehicle, and order it online from the parts department at Sunset Kia of Auburn.
  • Check your battery: Run a battery test because cold weather often makes it harder to start your vehicle. Check the battery and cables to make sure everything is in working order.
  • Change your oil: Your motor oil is another thing to watch. Engine oil tends to thicken during cold weather, so start the season by scheduling an oil replacement.
  • Check your heater: Don’t suffer during your daily commute in the winter with no heat! Ensure your car’s heating system is working correctly before the weather turns chilly.
  • Keep the fuel tank topped off: An empty gas tank allows moisture to build up and may dilute your fuel which will add strain to the fuel pump. 
  • Fill your wiper fluid and replace the wiper blade: Sand,salt, and debris will reduce your visibility. Using freeze-resistant wiper fluid and heavy-duty wiper blades during winter months to keep your windshield clear.

Schedule Winter Car Service at Sunset Kia of Auburn Today!

Now that you’ve read these winter car prep tips, contact the service technicians at Sunset Kia of Auburn to schedule your winter maintenance! Our certified Chevrolet technicians will be happy to run through all these checks to save you time and worry on the Auburn winter roads. For even more worry-free service, take a look at our rotating service specials to get a great deal on keeping your Kia in tip-top shape.


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