You may have read the title of this and thought, “isn’t my Subaru already prepared for the winter”? Well, yes it is…but there are always things you should do and check before another winter season hits us here in Ontario.
DO THE WINTER CHECK LIST
To ready your Subaru for the snow, you should check the following to make sure that you are covered on all accounts for the colder weather. Here is a list of items to work through to ensure that you are ready:
- Check your Radiator Fluid
- Check and top up your Windshild Washer Fluid
- Check your Tire Pressure – it changes in cold weather, and the monitor light may come on when the temperature drops so a quick top off should keep you warning signal free!
EASY DAILY MAINTENANCE FOR WINTER
The following tips will equal optimal performance all winter long, so give them a glance to ensure that you are earning the title Subaru Owner every time you put your key in the ignition:
- Keep your gas tank 1/3 to 1/2 full, minimum!
- Run your engine for 30 seconds before you kick it into gear
- Lift the wiper blades when you are parked or place newspaper under them – no more freezing! (Facebook Fan Ryan also suggested putting a plaster bag under the windshield wipers… thanks Ryan!)
- Clean your wiper blades with windshield washer fluid – seems logical, but it leads to streak free winter windshields!
LIFE HACKS FOR SUBARU SNOW-DAYS
Not sure what a life-hack is? It is the simple tricks we use to make life slightly easier. The “why didn’t I think of that” moments that make you shake your head… we are all about simplifying things! Make life easier with these tricks of the trade:
WINDSHIELD FOGGING UP FAST
|Turn off the front defroster before turning off and exiting the car. Seems simple but sending the heat to the floor will allow the windshield to cool and so, you won’t have a fast fog conundrum because the cool air will be coming into contact with a cool windshield! Perfecto!|
|Door Frozen Closed||Prevent it before it happens! Wipe silicone on the rubber seals of the door or use silicon spray on the door seal – wipe off the excess or overspray and voila, freeze-free!|
|Door Lock Frozen||Heat the key with a match and then try again. If all else fails you can get lock de-icer from the hardware or automotive store, but try this quick tip first!|
KEEP IN YOUR CAR KIT
To make sure that you are the full embodiment of preparedness, we have taken this one step further and prepped a mini-list to make sure your car is full of the essentials.
- Cell phone (if it is pay-as-you-go, load that baby up with some minutes)
- Flashlight (one that actually works)
- Ice scraper
- Road flares/reflective triangles
- Bag of sand
- and of course… Common Sense!
We hope this has helped you and maybe even made you feel more comfortable and confident with the winter weather coming. If you need anything else, stop by the dealership and pay us a visit! We’d love to see you!