Winter Car Care Tips in Easley, SC

During the winter months, your vehicle requires extra care that you may not think about during the warmer months. Caring for your vehicle during the colder season includes checking to ensure the coolant is filled to the proper level and that your defrosting system is working properly. To help you maintain your vehicle during the colder months, we've compiled a list of tips to take care of your car. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Types of Winter Car Care


You should make sure your car's battery is in good condition for the winter months, as a bad battery could leave you stranded if it dies. You should have a volt test done on your battery to find out if it's in good shape or if your vehicle needs a new one.


There are a couple helpful reasons to keep your fuel tank full during the winter. First, a full tank will help keep water from freezing inside your vehicle's fuel pump. Second, it can be helpful in keeping you warm by allowing the engine to run if you ever get stuck.


Keeping the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, the coolant in your vehicle is very important. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires tend to stay more flexible in lower temperatures and get better traction when stopping on cold pavement, even if there's no snow on the roads. In addition, your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your vehicle is less predictable when its tires aren't inflanted enough, so it's important to make sure your tires have enough air.


Don't want to be scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.


We also recommend having some type of survival kit in your vehicle, just in case of an emergency. While this isn't a car care tip so much as a tip to keep you prepared, it will make a difference if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider having a survival kit handy, especially if traveling through rural areas, or traveling a lot in general. Your survival kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a portable power bank or cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by McKinney Mazda at 4544 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Easley, SC, and throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson.