Checking Your Car's Fluids, Belts & Hoses

Your car’s engine goes through a lot when the temperature drops in the winter. Cracks form in hoses, condensation develops in gas tanks, and fluids freeze. Luckily, there are some quick DIY fixes to give your car some extra care over the winter months.

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Keep Your Tank Half-Full

Water forms on the inside of your car’s gas tank, especially when it isn’t full. This can lead to a water build up that makes it difficult to start the vehicle and in colder temperatures, and can lead to your gas line freezing up. Keep your fuel tank at least half-full, especially in the winter. Also consider purchasing fuel with additives that prevent freezing, or add some gas line antifreeze when temperature drops.

Switch Your Windshield Washer Fluid

Switch to winter-grade windshield washer fluid. It won’t freeze in the fluid reservoir or on your car’s windshield, which improves your visibility.

Check Your Belts & Hoses for Cracks

Cracks, bulges, and leaks can form in your car’s belts and hoses, thanks to regular wear and fluctuating temperatures. Do a visual inspection if you think something’s wrong, but have your service technician confirm that your engine’s moving parts are in good working order during your regular service checkup.

Video: How to Check Your Car’s Fluid Levels