Winter is just around the corner, meaning it is time to start winterizing your wardrobe, home, and pickup truck. Make your daily commute smoother with these steps for winterizing your pickup truck. Catlett’s Service Center & Towing has compiled a list of the top items every pickup truck owner should perform before winter arrives. For those without the time or know-how, Catlett’s Service Center & Towing can perform these steps on any vehicle.
Do Not Forget the Antifreeze
Antifreeze helps regulate your pickup truck’s engine when the temperature drops. Start by checking the level, adding only a little if levels are extremely low. Do this before any sudden temperature drops to avoid any issues under the hood.
Give The Oil A Look
Oil makes your truck run smoothly and keeps essentials like your heater running when the weather outside is frightful. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked the dipstick, you may want to take your pickup truck to Catlett’s Service Center & Towing for an oil change before winter arrives.
Check the Battery
Cold temps can drain your battery, increasing your chances of stalling out on the way to work. Your car needs a properly functioning battery to keep your pickup truck running, so be sure to examine it for corrosion and wear and replace it if necessary before the cold weather comes.
Swap Washer Fluid
During the warmer summer months, any regular washer fluid will do. However, once winter hits, you need to add a thicker, winter-proof fluid that will not freeze up when needed.
Check Your Tires
Temperature changes alter the pressure within your tires. As the temperature shifts from warm to cold, keep an eye on your truck’s tire pressure and add air when needed to prevent mishaps on icy roads.
Keep Your Bed in Mind
The bed of your pickup truck might withstand the temperatures, but if you live in an area with lots of snow, your bed could rust. Adding a truck liner can prevent rust and protect your bed from scratches in winter and summer.
If you live in an area where snowfall is expected, you may need to add protection to your truck’s undercarriage. All the salt added to the roadways can damage your undercarriage and lead to rust over time.