Ways to Prepare Your Subaru Car or SUV for Winter - Service Information in Seattle, WA

When you compare Seattle to many other big cities, from Denver to Chicago to New York City, you'll find that our winters are pleasant and relatively mild. However, that doesn't mean you should neglect preparing your Subaru car or SUV for winter. We do still get snow, and the rain that comes during winter can cause problems of its own. Carter Subaru Ballard is here to help. Below are seven tips on how to get your Subaru ready for the season.

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7. Pack a Winter Emergency Car Kit

It's a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle year-round. However, winter weather requires adding extra things to the kit (and it's a great time to check the year-round items, too). The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management recommends including items like leather gloves, tire chains, a tarp, sand, a shovel, extra weight, foot traction, rope, and chemical warmers, among other things. And of course, an ice scraper and snow brush should be standard.

6. Check Tire Tread

It's always important to make sure the tires on your Subaru have sufficient and equal tread. However, it's even more crucial in winter, when rain or snow decreases the grip that tires have on the road. You can even consider getting winter tires for extra grip on slick roads.

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5. Review Winter Driving Tips

Even those of us who have several winters of driving under our belts can always use a refresher course. Remember to slow down, and to leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. Use your brakes gently and sparingly, and be sure to take extra care around curves and on bridges. Don't pass snow plows on the right.

4. Get Up a Few Minutes Earlier

Checking road conditions before you leave is a good habit to get into. That way, you can give yourself extra time if needed. And when you do hit the road, be sure that you've first cleared all snow and ice from your vehicle. Clearing the windshield isn't enough: snow from the hood can blow up and obstruct your view, and snow from the roof can blow down and make it hard to see behind you. Clearing snow and checking road conditions can take a few minutes, so be sure to leave yourself extra time.

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3. Check Coolant Levels Regularly

Coolant is made up of water and antifreeze, and it's that second component that truly shines in winter. It keeps the water from freezing, enabling your radiator to continue to work even in temperatures below 32 degrees. If your coolant is low, or if the mixture has too little antifreeze, the fluid can freeze and damage your engine.

2. Inspect Wipers, Wiper Fluid, & Lights

These parts are especially important in the winter. Rain, fog, snow, and early sunsets mean that you'll be using your headlights a lot more than in the summer months. Rain and snow will also make it necessary for you to put your vehicle's windshield wipers to work. Make sure that the wiper blades are functioning properly. if they streak and smear, it's time for a new pair. Also, check that there's enough wiper fluid, and that all the lights on the outside of your Subaru are in good working condition. If the headlight lenses are dim, get them resurfaced.

1. Don't Neglect Regular Maintenance

There's never a bad time to make sure your Subaru is properly maintained. However, making sure your Subaru is up-to-date on service in the wintertime could keep you from major discomfort. If your Subaru leaves you stranded in the snow or cold rain, the effects are often less than pleasant. Make sure to trust an authorized Subaru service center like Carter Subaru Ballard.

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    5201 Leary Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

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