Prepare Your MINI Cooper for the Coming Winter

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.

Check Battery

This includes your car battery as well as your key fob batteries. Come to The British Garage to conduct a battery load test.

Check Tires

 It is important to have your tires rotated every six months. Be sure to check the alignment of your tires and air pressure.

Check Brakes

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.

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