Prep Your Subaru For The Winter | Adventure Subaru

We’re about halfway through autumn in Arkansas, so leaves are starting to fall and temperatures are starting to drop. Fall represents a transition into colder weather, which means it’s time to check in with your Subaru and make sure you’re completely prepared and good to go for the lower temperatures. It’s a good idea to get your winter car prep out of the way before it gets too cold to bare, so don’t put these things off for too long! Now is the perfect time to start taking the steps toward winterizing your vehicle. Read through our list below to make sure you’re prepared for the season!

Level Up

One of the most important things you can do before winter hits is make sure all your fluid levels are up to par. That means you should check your coolant and antifreeze levels as well as brake, steering and transmission fluid. Antifreeze will literally keep your engine from freezing, and none of us want to be left stranded in frigid temperatures just because we missed this crucial prep step. Do these things now, and you’ll be sitting pretty in your Subie when the Fayette-chill comes.

Tire Time

When it comes to staying safe on the road, good tires are key. This is especially true in winter weather, because worn-out tires could easily lose grip and slip on ice or snow. Plus, the colder temperatures can cause pressure loss in your tires. If you have a Subaru with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, you already have an advantage. But regardless of what kind of car you have, you should check the pressure and tread on your tires. If your tires need air, fill them up! To check your tread, you can insert a penny into the treat with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing toward the tire. If his head is fully visible, that means it’s time to get your tire replaced before it gets any colder.

Battery Breakdown

Age alone will cause your car batteries to degrade over time, but winter weather can be especially tough on them. Batteries are more likely to fail in the winter than any other time of year, so if you wait too long it could be the difference between life and death for your vehicle’s battery. Fortunately, you can get your battery tested easily and quickly with Adventure Subaru’s Express Service.

Wiper Watch

Visibility is always crucial for driving safety, and even more so when the cold weather starts to be a concern. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and working properly. If your wipers leave any kind of residue on your windshield or you hear a sound as they drag across, that’s a tell-tale sign that it’s time to change them out. You should change your blades about twice a year on average anyway, so doing it just before winter is a great rule of thumb. This is something you can probably do yourself, but if you’d rather leave it to the Subaru professionals, we can help you out with that in our Service Center!

Cold Kit

When winter is coming, it’s always smart to have an emergency supply box of sorts that you keep in your car just in case you find yourself in a sticky (or icy) situation. You could build one yourself, or you could buy one pre-loaded with all the inclement weather essentials included for you. If you’d rather avoid the hassle and eliminate the risk of forgetting something important, you can get one directly from us! We sell a kit called the Severe Weather Companion, which you can find in our Subaru Accessories Portal. It includes items like a fold-up shovel, ice scraper, LED headlamp, batteries, blanket, poncho, waterproof matches, whistle, drinking water and candles. You never know what you’ll need or when you’ll need it, so this is a great way to prepare for the unknown.

Make some time to take these important steps before it gets too cold out, and you’ll be cruising without a care when the next big snow storm hits. We care deeply about the safety of our Subaru family, and we definitely don’t want anyone to end up in a bad situation that could have been prevented. If you’re not sure whether your Subaru is adequately prepared, schedule a service appointment with us or give Adventure Subaru a call.

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