Winter Car Care Tips | Clinton SC | Near Laurens & Fountain Inn

During the winter, car maintenance can be a lot more complicated than in warmer months. While maintenance in general is important, it can be especially so during this time of the year.

That's why, here at Cooper Motor Company, we've assembled a list of tips to help you stay prepared this winter. Keep reading to learn more about the steps you can take.

5 Types of Winter Car Care


Make sure that your battery is in decent shape for the winter months, as a bad battery will leave you stranded in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on it will either give you peace of mind or let you know that you need a new one.


Keeping your fuel tank mostly full helps you in the winter for several reasons. A full tank will keep water from freezing in your fuel pump. It could aid you in staying warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.


The coolant in your vehicle is very important because it keeps the engine from freezing in cold temperatures. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires are usually more flexible during lower temperatures, which gives your vehicle better traction when you need to stop on cold pavement, even in the absence of snow. Plus, your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your car is less predictable when your tires aren't inflated sufficiently, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.


Tired of scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.


We strongly recommend everyone keep a survival kit in their vehicle in case of an emergency. While this is more of a preparation tip than a car care one, it will make all the difference if you end up stranded. Every driver should consider a survival kit, especially if they do a lot of traveling through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about maintaining 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 Cooper Motor Company at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Clinton, SC, and throughout Laurens and Fountain Inn.

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