Winter Car Care Tips in Hendersonville, NC

When winter rolls in, your car needs special care that isn't needed during other seasons. You'll need to check that the coolant is filled up and the defrosting system works properly. These parts aren't usually a cause for concern when the weather is warm, but they're essential in winter. Check our list of tips to make sure your vehicle is winter ready.

5 Types of Winter Car Care


Make sure that your battery is in perfect condition for wintertime. If a bad battery dies, you could be stranded. Having a volt test performed on your battery will reveal if it's working right or needs replacing.


Keeping your fuel tank filled is important for two reasons. One, a full tank will prevent water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Two, you'll need gasoline to run the engine for warmth if you get stuck.


Coolant stops the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, so be sure you have enough in your vehicle. Most mechanics recommend that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Because winter tires are more flexible, they usually provide better traction in cold weather, even when there's no snow. It's also important to make sure there's enough air in your tires. Your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Your car is less predictable if your tires aren't inflated enough.


Hate the feeling of cold fingers that comes from scraping your windshield? Check that your defroster is in working order.


We strongly encourage all drivers to keep some type of survival kit in their vehicles for emergencies. A survival kit will make all the difference if you end up stranded. It's useful for everyone, and especially important for people who live in or travel through rural areas. Your survival kit should include a flashlight, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, a cellphone charger and a blanket.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Hunter Hyundai at 2520 Asheville Highway Hendersonville, NC 28791. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Hendersonville, NC, and throughout Asheville, Canton and Saluda.