As winter approaches, it is important to prepare your MINI Cooper for winter-related challenges. Although MINI Coopers are designed to handle inclement weather, all drivers should take these steps to protect their cars and ensure they run safely throughout the winter.
Tune Up the Motor
Your MINI’s ignition system must be in peak condition to battle the cold. Ensure all air, oil, and fuel filters are in good working order. Make sure spark plugs, distributor caps, and other wires are all in place.
Check on Antifreeze and Other Fluids
Double-check that you are filling your MINI with the correct brand of antifreeze and other fluids. Ensure your MINI’s brake fluid, engine oil, windshield wiper fluid, and power steering fluid are filled to the indicated levels.
This includes your car battery as well as your key fob batteries. Come to The British Garage to conduct a battery load test.
It is important to have your tires rotated every six months. Be sure to check the alignment of your tires and air pressure.
You can conduct your visual inspection of your brakes before driving in cold, harsh conditions. Bring your MINI into our shop for a thorough check.
Check Belts and Hoses
Cold weather can worsen cracks in your MINI’s belts and hoses. Conduct your visual inspection or bring your MINI to our shop to avoid expensive repairs down the road.
Check Heating and Defrost
Before winter weather kicks in, ensure that your MINI’s heating and defroster systems function well. They will be necessary for safe driving in the coming months.
Build a Winter Emergency Kit
Smart drivers will include an emergency kit in their MINI cooper in the event of inclement weather and other emergencies. Emergency kit equipment can include a flashlight, first aid kit, ice scraper, snow shovel, jumper cables, and road salt. Contact us for more maintenance tips for your MINI Cooper.