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Preparing Your Car For Winter Checklist

Preparing Your Car For Winter Checklist

We've created the ultimate preparing your car for winter checklist for our clients.

Winter can be tough on your vehicle, especially in Edmonton. It is absolutely essential that you take proactive steps to ensure your car is ready to tackle the challenges of the season. 

While many of our clients have lived in Edmonton for years, we also know some of you are new to Canada and are about to brave your first winter here.

This checklist is meant to be a helpful guide to make sure you and your Lexus are ready. 

If you have any questions about your vehicle or need assistance, you can book a service appointment online here or call our team at 780-989-2222.

Step 1: Purchase Winter Tires

One of the most essential elements of winter vehicle preparation is investing in a set of quality winter tires. In Edmonton, where harsh winter conditions are the norm, winter tires are more than just an option; they're a necessity. 

Winter tires are specifically designed to provide better traction, handling, and braking in cold temperatures. They are made from a unique rubber compound that remains flexible in the cold and has a unique tread pattern for improved grip.

When installing winter tires on your Lexus, make sure to replace all four tires at the same time. Mixing winter tires with all-season or summer tires can lead to handling and stability issues. You should also ensure that your winter tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth to handle our snowy and icy streets effectively.

Step 2: Check Your Fluids and Lubrication

Proper fluid maintenance is crucial for your Lexus during the winter months. Cold weather can affect the performance of various fluids in your vehicle. 

Here are some key fluids to check and maintain:

Engine Oil: Cold weather can make oil thicker, which can affect engine performance and occasionally cause damage. Ensure that you have the correct viscosity oil for winter. If you’re unsure, contact our team or check the oil recommendation for your specific model listed in your owner's manual. 

Antifreeze & Coolant: Make sure your antifreeze mixture is appropriate for freezing temperatures. A 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water is typically recommended for winter conditions. 

The Lexus Genuine Super Long Life Coolant removes heat from your engine to maintain optimal operating temperature and is rated for temperatures as cold as -50°C. It works hard to protect the internal components of your engine from corrosion and wear and is one of the best lines of defence to protect your vehicle in the winter. 

Transmission Fluid: Check the transmission fluid level and condition. Cold weather can make transmission fluid thicker, so it's essential to maintain the correct level. Insider tip: If the day is especially cold, we recommend driving slower for the first few kilometres of your drive to allow your engine to adjust. 

Brake Fluid: Inspect your brake fluid for proper levels and condition. Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, which can affect brake performance in freezing temperatures. Lexus Canada has developed a specific brake fluid for your vehicle that has a higher wet boiling point than some competitor's products. The best part is it will remain fluid and not freeze even in the coldest of temperatures. 

Windshield Washer Fluid: Use a winter-specific washer fluid with antifreeze properties to prevent freezing on your windshield. Lexus makes a premium -40°C all-season windshield washer fluid that is specially formulated to reduce streaks and promote smooth wiper blade travel. 

It’s blended with special penetrating detergent, dispersant and anti-scalant and works to prevent freezing of your system all the way to -40°C.

Step 3: Battery Inspection

Cold weather can put a significant strain on your vehicle's battery. It's essential to have your battery inspected before winter to ensure it's in good condition. 

If your battery is old or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected breakdowns in freezing temperatures. Keep in mind that modern Lexus vehicles often have complex electrical systems that rely heavily on a healthy battery, so maintaining its performance is crucial.

Step 4: Check the Heating System

Before the cold weather sets in, test your heating system to make sure it’s working correctly. If you notice any issues, such as insufficient heat or unusual odours, have it inspected and repaired by one of our Lexus South Pointe qualified technicians right away. You can book a service appointment here.  

Don't forget to also check the defrosters and rear-window defoggers so you can maintain visibility in snowy and icy conditions.

Step 5: Prepare an Emergency Kit with Winter Supplies

It's always a good idea to be prepared for unexpected winter situations. Assemble an emergency kit for your Lexus that includes items such as a flashlight, blankets, a first-aid kit, non-perishable snacks, and a phone charger. 

We also recommend carrying essential winter supplies like an ice scraper, snow brush, and a small shovel in your trunk to help you deal with snow and ice buildup. If you need help assembling your own Emergency Kit, our parts department has everything you need to get started. 

Preparing Your Car For Winter at Lexus South Pointe

Preparing your car for winter in Edmonton is essential to ensure safe and reliable driving during the cold and snowy months. 

Installing winter tires, maintaining vital fluids, checking the battery and heating system, and having an emergency kit and winter supplies on hand are all crucial steps to take. 

Checking each of these items off will help you enjoy worry-free driving and protect your Lexus from the harsh winter conditions that Edmonton often experiences. 

Remember that regular maintenance and preparation are also key to keeping your vehicle in top shape throughout the winter season. You can book an appointment online here

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