Jeremy here from O’Reilly Auto Parts to
show you how to prepare your vehicle for winter.
A few simple steps can help your car, truck
or SUV stay healthy through the cold, so here
are some things to consider when the temperatures
start to drop.
Start by checking your fluid levels.
It’s a good idea to check your oil and windshield
washer fluid to make sure they aren’t running
If you need to add washer fluid, consider
using a fluid with deicer to help with light
frost and ice.
For antifreeze, check both the level… and
the water to antifreeze ratio.
Simple testers are available to check this
Turn on your heater… and your defroster…
to make sure they’re working the way they
Before cold weather sets in, stop by your
local O’Reilly Auto Parts store and we’ll
test your battery for free to make sure it’s
strong enough to survive the winter.
Keeping your fuel tank above half-full will
not only ensure you don’t run out of gas
in the cold, but also prevents damage to your
If your wiper blades have been streaking,
skipping or smearing, they need to be replaced.
Also, visually inspect the blades…
If they appear cracked, flaking or splitting,
you’ll need new ones.
Consider installing a winter blade that’s
designed for snow and ice.
Next, test all your lights.
Headlights… tail lights… brake lights…
turn signals… and hazards…
As the weather gets colder, the days get shorter,
and you’ll be driving in the dark more.
It’s not a bad idea to keep a spare set
of bulbs on hand.
Tire tread and pressure are always important,
but especially when you’re driving through
Make sure your tires are properly inflated
and in good condition.
If your brakes aren’t working as smoothly,
quietly or effectively as they used to, take
them to a professional technician for diagnosis.
Lastly, be sure your car has an emergency
kit in case you get stranded.
We offer several of these kits, or you can
assemble your own.
Items you might want to include are: water…
an ice scraper… a snow brush… jumper cables…
a portable jump starter… a flashlight…
road flares… a blanket… hand warmers…
snacks… and a cell phone charger.
All the supplies you need to prepare your
vehicle for winter are available at your local
O’Reilly Auto Parts store or OReillyAuto.com.
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