Five Suggestions to Get Your Toyota Ready for Winter
Winter’s going to be here before we know it, so now’s the perfect time to take care of getting your Toyota prepped to face — and survive — the elements. Here are our top five winter car prep tips.
- Have a professional inspect your vehicle. Your mechanic should examine every system, the antifreeze level, brakes, battery, thermostat, heater and defroster.
- Check the lights. Given the short days and long nights of winter, you’ll want all vehicle lights to in proper working order — including the hazard lights. You’ll want to enlist a friend to check the brake lights when you pump the brakes.
- Prepare your windshield. Make sure the wiper fluid spray nozzles aren’t blocked, switch the wipers to ones made to push through ice and snow, and change the wiper fluid to one meant for colder temperatures.
- Examine your tires. Use the penny test to make sure your tires have enough tread left; if they don’t, get new ones. You’ll also want to inflate them to the PSI level Toyota recommended in your owner’s manual. Another alternative? Switch to snow tires mounted on inexpensive rims; you can just change your tires to suit the season.
- Protect the paint. Road salt is absolutely terrible on your Toyota’s paint, so you’ll want to treat it to a fresh wash and wax before the snow starts falling. It’s also a good idea to give it a regular rinsing during winter, which can help get rid of any residue.
Make sure your Toyota is ready for this winter. Schedule an appointment to have the experts in our Service Center give it the examination it deserves.