Winter Car Care Tips in Greenville, SC

As the temperature begins to drop, your car requires particular care that is not needed during warm weather. This includes checking to make sure things like coolant are filled to the proper levels and that the defrosting system is working correctly. You don’t normally have to worry about these during summertime, but to prepare for winter, keep in mind the following tips to help you ultimately save time and money.

5 Types of Winter Car Care


Make sure that your battery is prepared for the winter months, as a bad battery will leave you stranded in the cold if it fails. Performing a volt test on your battery will allow you peace of mind or else let you know that your car needs a new battery.


Keeping your fuel tank filled in the winter is a smart idea for a couple of reasons. A full tank will keep water from freezing inside your fuel pump and can also keep you warm by keeping the engine running should you get stuck.


The coolant in your vehicle is very important because it keeps the engine from freezing in low temperatures. Most mechanics advise drivers to mix half and half of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

During low temperatures, winter tires usually stay flexible, which can supply better traction when you brake on cold pavement, even with no snow. Your tires also lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. This makes your car less predictable, so checking your tire pressure is crucial.


If you don't want to be the only one scraping your windshield in the morning, make sure your defroster is in working order.


We strongly encourage everyone to keep a survival kit in their vehicle in case of an emergency. While this is more of a tip to keep you prepared, rather than a car tip, you’ll be grateful to have a kit if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider a survival kit, particularly if you live in or travel frequently through rural areas. Your kit should include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

For further questions on caring for your vehicle during the winter, or if you need a service check-up to make sure your car is prepared, contact us or stop by Big 'O' Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram at 2645 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Greenville, SC, and throughout Spartanburg, Greer, Anderson and Easley.