Preparing Your Car for Winter at Lake Chapala: A Comparison

November 30, 2011

Preparing Your Car for Winter in North America
You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by
planning ahead. Have maintenance service performed on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition, every fall:
  • Have your radiator system serviced, or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed. 
  • Replace windshield wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
  • Replace any worn tires, and check the air pressure in the tires.  
During winter, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Keep your car fueled and in good working order. Be sure to check the following: 
  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield wiper fluid (wintertime mixture)
  • Heater
  • Brakes
  • Ignition
  • Emergency Flashers
  • Exhaust
  • Tires (air pressure and wear)
  • Fuel
  • Oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Defroster
  • Battery
  • Radiator 

Car and Emergency Checklist  
  • Cell phone; portable charger and extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Extra hats, coats, mittens
  • Blankets
  • Chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
  • Road salt and sand
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Bright colored flag; help signs
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Road maps
  • Compass
  • Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
  • Paper towels 
        Checklist for Preparing Your Car for Winter at Lake Chapala

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Siempre tu amigo,


  • Hon. Edmund IV DaHinten

    Hi Sid,

    You sent me a message saying: “Hi, Just a short note to let you know that the comment section of the comment you
    attmpted to put on was blank.

    Please re-submit your comments in the comment block for approval.

    Thanks, Sid”

    The space was not blank, my message was extremely brief, it was a smile! a ‘happy face’ like this ;-) in response to your comment saying “This space is intentionally left blank.”


  • Sid Grosvenor

    Sorry for the misunderstanding Edmund. I apologize, Tu amigo, Sid

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