Robert Freitas and Karen Zurheide
New London, NH


The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is dropping and you’ve probably already gotten out your warmer clothes. But have you gotten your car or truck ready for winter? Many people overlook the fact that they need to prepare their vehicles to go through the colder months, especially in places like New England. Here are some key steps to prepare your vehicle to take you from fall through winter and into spring.

1. Check the Fluids

Traditional motor oil gets thicker when the temperature is low. It takes longer for petroleum oil to flow when you start your engine in the cold. So for a short while, until the oil warms up, your engine will be working without the best lubrication. You should switch to a thinner oil to protect your engine from those cold starts. Better yet, get an AMSOIL Synthetic Oil change. Synthetic oil maintains a consistent viscosity (thickness) in any temperature, including extreme cold. The smartest oil move you can make during the fall is switching to a synthetic (which is actually better for your vehicle year-round). You can get AMSOIL’s Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil online, or whatever the Amsoil online product guide indicates is best for your vehicle, or you can call 1-800-956-5695 and provide our Dealer Number 1638131 for personalized assistance. Don’t let the cold in New England or elsewhere harm your engine.

Another important fluid to check in the fall is the coolant or antifreeze. The coolant regulates your engine’s operating temperature. Antifreeze is designed to remain liquid regardless of the temperature, unlike water, which can freeze. To keep your engine running properly, use AMSOIL’s Passenger Car & Light Truck Antifreeze & Coolant. You won’t need to worry about replacing it again anytime soon, because it can last for up to 5 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

2. Test Your Tires

Tires need to be at their best in winter, when driving with low tread can be extremely dangerous. If you plan to change your tires for a winter set, now is the right time, before that first winter storm. Also, you should regularly check their air pressure so they can maintain a proper grip on the road. Changing temperatures cause air in tires to condense and expand, which means you can unknowingly be driving with low tire pressure. Don’t forget to check your spare too, as it will be your savior in case of a tire malfunction.

3. Replace Your Wiper Blades

Experts suggest you change your wiper blades in the fall and the spring. Old and worn wiper blades will only smear snow and ice, making it difficult for you to see the road, putting you at unnecessary added risk.

4. Check the Heater

Now that it’s time to switch from air conditioning to the heater, are you certain your heater is working correctly? Be sure to check that both the heater and the defroster are working well. You don’t want to find out they’re not functioning when you really need them.

5. Wash and Wax

Winter road salt can be harsh on your vehicle’s exterior, not to mention all that sand and slush that also comes with winter. You may want to wash your vehicle well this fall and then apply a good coat of wax to better protect it from winter wear. Pay particular attention to the lower areas that are closer to the road such as the wheels, the front grill and the quarter panels.

6. Emergency Kit

Winter roads can be dangerous, with an increased risk of an accident or getting stranded. Be prepared for such unexpected situations by keeping an emergency kit onboard. Your kit should contain jumper cables, a flare, a flashlight, a toolkit, non-perishable snacks, a couple bottles of water, a blanket and an extra set of clothes. If you want to go all out, include a small shovel and a container of kitty litter or sand, as well as some extra synthetic motor oil.

Everything for Your Vehicle’s Lubrication Needs

Proper maintenance and the right lubrication will help keep your car or truck—and you—safe year-round. You can get all the supplies you need for a synthetic oil change or any other lubrication your vehicle may require from AMSOIL. Remember you can purchase products online or by calling 1-800-956-5695 and providing our Dealer Number 1638131. 

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