Saskatchewan winters can sneak up quickly. Your vehicle and its engine can really be affected by winter weather. To help prepare your vehicle for the snow and cold, CAA Saskatchewan encourages motorists to follow these important tips:
- Test your battery: Colder temperatures can weaken the battery and cause it to fail.
- Test your block heater and cord: When the temperature falls below -15°C, it’s important to plug in. Remember to pick up your free SaskPower block heater timer at any of the 15 CAA locations, including the Car Care Centres in Saskatoon and Regina.
- Test your engine coolant: Your vehicle needs the correct amount and strength for optimal performance.
- Check the oil: Change the oil if needed.
- Check your cooling system: Ensure there are no cracks in the hoses, or coolant leaks.
- Check your tire pressure: The right pressure is important for traction and fuel efficiency. Consider installing winter tires.
- Check the ignition system: Replace spark plugs as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
- Check brakes: Pulling, a soft pedal, or unusual squealing or grinding may mean repairs are needed.
- Check the exhaust system: Leaks could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
- Check your washer fluid: It should be rated in the -40°C temperature range.
- Check vehicle owners’ manual: Adhere to the maintenance recommended by the manufacturer.
For your vehicle’s winter inspection, visit a CAA Car Centre in Regina and Saskatoon or any facility that is part of CAA’s Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS) network across the province.