05 Oct Preparing your Audi for colder climates this winter
Winter is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how you should prepare your car for winter even if you don’t plan on leaving the state. If you live in an area where snow, sleet and freezing temperatures are common, then you will know that there are steps that you will need to take to keep your Audi safe. Here’s what we recommend every Audi driver do before the cold weather hits.
Add a winter supply box to your car
Okay, this one isn’t strictly to do with your car but it is one of the most important steps on this list. Adding a box of winter supplies such as a flashlight, road flares, a first-aid kit, a cell phone and blankets, can literally save your life if you get stuck in the cold. If something goes wrong, it is important to be specially prepared for it in winter.
Check antifreeze and engine coolant levels
Do you know why your engine doesn’t freeze in the middle of winter? It’s all because of antifreeze. Without it, your engine WILL freeze and that can leave you in real trouble. If you don’t know how to check your levels, you can head to a local Audi garage or Audi tuning center, like Gerber Motorsports, or you can use an engine coolant level checking pack from an auto supply store. If you can do it yourself, the kit will help you check your antifreeze levels by following the instructions on your car’s manual. Don’t worry, it’s also very easy to add antifreeze if it is required.
Check tires or change them
Good tires are crucial in winter. For some, this will mean changing them to winter tires to ensure they have proper grip and traction on the road. Others, simply need to check their tire pressure using the gauge at gas stations. If they are low, make sure to top them up—and make sure to check them regularly over winter. The good news is that many gas stations will also offer air for free. On top of this, if you don’t change to winter tires, you’ll need to check that your current tires have the correct amount of tread—and enough tread to last through winter.
Add winter windshield wiper fluid to your car
As well as changing your tires, you’ll also need to add winter windshield wiper fluid to your car. That normal fluid that you use works great in warmer weather, but it will quickly freeze in winter when it comes into contact with your windshield. Winter windshield wiper fluid, however, is designed not to freeze on contact with a cold windshield and can actually help loosen any ice that is on there.
If you need help preparing your car for winter, get in touch with Gerber Motorsport and we’ll explain how we can help.