Winterize your vehicle and have one less worry

Battery – Very cold temperatures will reduce a vehicle’s battery power so it’s important to keep the connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Unfortunately, batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail completely. If your vehicle’s battery is more than three years old, it’s wise to replace it.

Antifreeze – The typically recommended mixture of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside most vehicles’ radiator is 50:50. When properly mixed, antifreeze provides excellent anti-boil, anti-freeze and anticorrosive properties.  Coolant should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles.  As a reminder, don’t make the mistake of adding 100 percent antifreeze.

Oil – Change to low-viscosity oil, as it will flow more easily between moving parts when cold. Drivers in sub-zero driving temperatures should drop their oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car. 

To make sure your car is ready for the road this winter, visit the Car Care Council’s website at and check out the popular digital Car Care Guide.


Rich White

Executive Director

Car Care Council

Bethesda. MD

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