Winter weather can really affect your vehicle and its engine. To prepare your vehicle for the snow and cold, CAA Saskatchewan encourages motorists to follow these important tips:
- Test your battery: Colder temperatures can weaken the battery and cause it to fail.
- Test your block heater and cord: When the temperature falls below -15°C, it’s important to plug in.
- Test your engine coolant: Your vehicle needs the correct amount and strength for optimal performance.
- Check your cooling system: Ensure there are no cracks in the hoses, or coolant leaks.
- Check your tire pressure: The right pressure is important for traction and fuel efficiency.
- Check the ignition system: Replace spark plugs as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
- Check brakes: Pulling, a soft pedal, or unusual squealing or grinding may mean repairs are needed.
- Check the exhaust system: Leaks could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
- Check your washer fluid: It should be rated in the -40°C temperature range.
- Before the snow flies: Install your winter tires now.
For your vehicle’s winter inspection, visit a CAA Car Centre in Regina and Saskatoon or any facility that is part of CAA’s Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS) network across the province. CAA Saskatchewan’s Cold Start contest is on now to help motorists get the jump on winter. Review the eight winterization tips and enter to win some great prizes.
For roadside assistance, CAA members can call 1-800-222-4357 or request the service online at caask.ca.