How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter In Anchorage, AK 

Winter Auto Preparation

Is Your MINI Protected For Winter?

Winter is practically upon Anchorage, AK; falling leaves will soon become falling snow and holiday vacations will require family roads trips. Before winter arrives, MINI of Anchorage would like to remind you to complete a number of car care checks before you ask your car to fight winter weather. Completing these checks can help you avoid getting stranded in freezing temperatures and snow in the Anchorage area.

Check Your Tires For Winter

  • Check your tires for uneven tread wear and optimal tire pressure. If any of the tires are low in air, refill appropriately and keep an eye on the tire to make sure you don't have a small air leak. 
  • When your MINI vehicle has low tire tread, you should consider replacing your tires before winter.
  • All-season tires should suffice in most locations, but when you're in an area that receives a substantial amount of snow, then winter tires are recommend. 
  • Winter tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds created to grip snow and ice; they also generally have a shorter tread life.

Complete An Auto Fluid Check

  • Check your oil and oil levels. If it is low or if it's been 5,000 miles since your last oil change, consider changing your oil. 
  • Common winter multi-viscosity oils to use are 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30.
  • Check your anti-freeze levels. 
  • If you're refilling, seek to sustain a 50/50 ratio of water and antifreeze; this keeps the coolant from freezing.
  • Check your car's windshield washer fluid. If it's low, refill it.

Test Car Battery Power Levels For Winter

  • In case the battery is low, you can try charging it, but ensure the battery holds a charge. 
  • Low temperatures automatically reduces battery cranking power, therefore you should make sure the battery is fully charged during cold temperatures.
  • Check battery terminals for any corrosion. If there is corrosion on the terminals, clean them thoroughly.
  • Check battery fluid level. If the fluid is low, you can add distilled water. 
  • Generally if the battery is more than 5 years old and shows signs of weakness, MINI of Anchorage suggests replacing the battery with a new one.

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