- Tune up the motor.
(Air, Oil and Fuel filters, including new spark plugs, ignition cap, rotor and wires. Ignition system needs to be in top shape to battle the cold.)
- Check the anti-freeze.
(Only fill with recommended brand anti-freeze, make sure to check your owners manual for proper anti-freeze type.)
- Check all other fluid levels and fill as needed.
(Brake Fluid, Mineral Oil, etc.)
- Fill wiper fluid reservoir with de-icing solution.
- Check the battery.
(You can load test your battery at any local auto parts store.)
- Check the tread and air pressure of tires.
(You want to insure good grip on the slick roads, also good for the gas mileage of your vehicle.)
- Inspect the brakes.
(Quick visual inspection will give you peace of mind driving in cold harsh conditions.)
- Install good windshield wiper blades.
(Good wipers such as Bosch will keep your windsheild free and clear.)
- Check headlights and signal lights.
(A good idea would be to convert your old filament bulbs to the new LED bulbs, these are brighter and last longer.)
- Check belts and hoses, replace as necessary.
(Any cracks will only get worse in the cold weather, leading to more expensive repairs.)
- Ensure heater and defroster are in good working condition.
See the many Winterizing & Maintenance Products we offer for your MINI below:
We suggest you keep a Cold Weather Kit in your trunk
A Cold Weather Kit contains the following: Jumper cables, a shovel, snow chains, an ice scraper, towing cables, flares, a blanket, a first aid kit, candles, non-perishable food items, warm gloves, boots, a flashlight, and a cell phone.
Please note: Keep in mind the fact that drops in temperature cause a decreases in tire pressure.
If installing snow tires, do not mix. Use the same size and brand.