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A Car Owner's Guide to Vehicle Winterization

Last updated 5 years ago

Before Indianapolis gets cold and snowy, it’s a good idea to learn what to do to prepare your Volkswagen or Subaru for the winter. These maintenance services will keep you and your family safe when you’re driving this winter.

Keep Your Windshield Clear and Clean

Having a windshield that you can see out of is essential for your safety this winter in Indianapolis. To do this, you’ll have to have a decent set of windshield wipers. If your current windshield wipers are leaving streaks or if the rubber is starting to fall apart, replace them before winter hits. Be sure to also have a good ice scraper on hand, and that you use this scraper rather than your windshield wipers to get rid of any ice that is hardened onto the windshield.

Look Into Getting Winter Tires

Winter tires are built to give your car greatly improved traction over all-season tires on slick, snowy, or icy roads. Don’t think of investing in snow tires as doubling your tire expenses—by having two sets of tires that you change out twice a year, you are actually cutting in half tire wear for each set of tires.

Change to Winter-Friendly Engine Oil

When the mechanics at your local car dealership change your car’s engine oil, they will put the type of engine oil that is best for your car given the current season. In winter, low viscosity  engine oil is better than high viscosity engine oil, because it will flow through your engine easily in cold temperatures.

Get Your Battery Inspected

Your car battery—including the cables and terminals—needs to be inspected and tested before winter hits to be sure that it is capable of getting your car started in cold weather. The technicians at the dealership can clean your battery and coat it with a product that limits corrosion, or they can replace it if your battery is approaching the four-year mark.

For more car winterization tips for your Volkswagen or Subaru, call Falcone Automotive at (888) 488-4914. Visit our website to make an appointment at our dealership’s service center in Indianapolis to get the factory-certified care your car needs before winter arrives.


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