Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

Winter Car Service ChecklistLike it, love it, or loathe it, our next Maine winter is on the way. Regardless of how you feel about it, we have to prepare for ourselves, and our vehicles, for winter driving conditions.

To help you be sure that you’re not caught off guard, here’s a winter prep check list for your vehicle from our Service Department manager, Steve.


  •  Coolant- Make sure that the antifreeze protection level is adequate to -20 degrees.
  • Battery- Have the state of your battery’s charge and condition checked.
  • Wiper Blades- Make sure that your wipers blades aren’t cracking and still make water-tight contact with your windshield.
  • Tires- Have your tire pressure, condition, and tread depth checked.
  • Lights- Make sure that all outside lights are working with lenses intact and that your headlights aren’t cloudy.
  • Heater and Defroster- Before the temperature drops, test these to make sure that they are still working properly.
  • Washer Solvent- Make sure that this is full and adequate for winter use.
  • Alternator Belt- Ensure that this is in good condition and is properly adjusted.
  • Cabin air filter- See that this is clean and clear of outside debris.
  • The Legal Matters- With the changing season, be sure that your state inspection and registration are up to date. It can be easy to forget the expiration dates of these items with the hustle and bustle of life.

You might not be ready for winter, but you’ll feel better knowing that your vehicle is ready.