Simple Steps to Prepare Your Toyota for Winter

Your Toyota is a tough and graceful vehicle built for all seasons. But the cold elements can take a toll if it isn't prepared for winter. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about preparing your Toyota for the winter.

5 Steps to Prepare your Toyota for the Winter Season in Jacksonville

1. Change to a low-grade engine oil
Engine oil tends to thicken at lower temperatures. As a result, the engine does not get lubricated enough, which can hurt performance. To enable your engine to battle out the cold, go for low-grade engine oil.

Oil grade indicates its ability to perform well without thickening during winter. A low-grade oil has lower viscosity. Which means it thickens less at lower temperatures. Oil of 5W viscosity thickens lesser than an engine oil of 10W specification. (W stands for winter.)

2. Ensure your vehicle windshield is intact
Inspect your windshield for chips, cracks, or other damage. Get them repaired immediately. Left ignored, winter temperatures can worsen the damages and render your windshield useless.

Visit {DEALR_NAME} to have your windshield repaired. We can also check your wiper blades and replace them if needed. Stevenson-Hendrick Toyota Jacksonville caters to drivers around New Bern, Havelock, Richlands, and beyond!

3. Maintain the right tire pressures
Adequate tire pressure is key to maintaining good traction on winter roads. Check your owner’s manual to know the right PSI for your Toyota’s make and model. 

4. Maintain a winter survival kit in your vehicle
Despite all precautions, things can go wrong. Having a winter kit ready in your vehicle can keep you well-equipped. In particular, in case of an unfortunate breakdown.

Examples of items to include in your kit:
  • High-visibility vest
  • Scraper
  • Shovel
  • Road flares
  • Bright flashlights.
Also, keep a charged cell phone handy to be able to make contact when in need.

Visit Stevenson-Hendrick Toyota Jacksonville's Service Department Today! 

For more winter tips on preparing your vehicle, you can always visit Stevenson-Hendrick Toyota Jacksonville in NC. We are a short drive from Havelock, Bern, and Richlands, which makes us quite accessible. Don't forget to check out our fabulous winter service deals!