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8 Tips for Prepping Your New or Used Truck for Winter

Posted by Michael W. Frame on Oct 27, 2015


The cold, frigid months of winter in Medford tend to be tough on trucks. Is your new or used truck ready? 

Smart truck owners know it's important to prepare for the change of weather and winterize their vehicles accordingly. To avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown in the cold, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe travels. 

Winterizing Your New or Used Truck in Medford

Sleet, snow, and slush can cause problems for tire traction, and cold weather is hard on a truck's battery. Tires with poor tread and an aged battery are dangerous. Crater Lake Ford wants you to be prepared. So here's everything you need to do to get your new or used truck winter-ready.

Check each of the following:

  • Antifreeze 
    If your winter temperatures dip below zero degrees, drain a small amount of the 50/50 water and antifreeze mix, and fill it with straight antifreeze.
  • Battery 
    Check the battery cables and terminals to make sure they are clean and tight. A battery can fail without warning, so ask to get it professionally looked over at your next truck service appointment.
  • Tires
    Tires must have good tread to handle slick and icy streets. Switch to snow tires if you regularly travel through snow. Studded snow tires or chains might be necessary if road conditions are treacherous. Also, colder temperatures will lower tire pressure. Adjust them to a recommended pressure based on your manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
    Switch to a washer solution that can withstand cold temperatures and not freeze. Since you'll be traveling on slushy roads more often, you will use your washer fluid more, so be sure to fill it regularly.
  • Wiper Blades
    If your windshield wiper blades are older than six months, it may be time to replace them. Frozen rain and snow could potentially damage or tear washer blades, or worse, damage the wiper motor.
  • Engine Oil 
    Stay on top of oil changes throughout the season. Your owner's manual will have a recommended viscosity of oil specifically for winter temperatures.
  • Four-Wheel Drive
    Does your truck have 4WD? If so, check components like locking hubs, the transfer lever, and push button engagement. You wouldn't want to find out your 4WD isn't working during a snow storm.
  • Paint
    It's a good idea to wash your truck frequently during the winter. Clean the underneath of the truck and wheel wells. A good coat of wax can help keep your truck's paint finish looking vibrant.

Investing the time and money now to winterize your truck is a wise decision. At Crater Lake Ford, we'll gladly have one of our truck mechanics check your trucks in Medford for you. Schedule a truck service online or feel free to call us at 888-419-6145. 

If you're looking to upgrade your truck, shop our current inventory of new and used trucks for sale in Oregon.



Topics: Auto Maintenance Tips

Written by Michael W. Frame