5 Tips to Get Your Car Winter Ready (Great for Wacky Calgary Winter Weather)

Maintenance and detailing considerations to think about when you bring your car out after the snow melts:

Tires are crucial for safety. The rubber keeps us on the road. We all know it, so let's take care of our tires!

  1. Check pressure - Over or under-inflated tires will lead to poor mileage, uneven tire wear or a tire blow-out. Tire pressure changes about 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees change in temperature. Check your tire pressure when your tires are cold. Driving even a kilometer will warm your tires and change your pressure reading.
  2. Check tread - The 'penny test' is a quick way to see if your tires are worn. Insert a Canadian penny into your tire’s tread groove with the Queen’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the tips of her crown, it’s time to replace your tires.
  3. Rotate your tires - Front and rear tires wear differently, especially on front wheel drive vehicles. Tires will last longer if you rotate them regularly.  Most car manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 km. Check your vehicle's manual and see what the manufacturer says about tire rotation.
  4. There are a lot of great resources on the web about tire maintenance.  If you're concerned about your tires, Goodyear has a great, easy to read page on tire maintenance.  Check it out!


  1. Wheel balance - If you notice that your steering wheel shudders while driving, it probably means that your tires need balancing.
  2. Wheel alignment - If your steering seems to pull to the left or right, your wheels are likely out of alignment. Misaligned wheels increase tire wear and decrease handling. Tire balancing and wheel alignments are not expensive services and go a long way to making you confident about your car's handling.


  1. Wiper blades - Windshield wipers take a beating and dirty, dried-out, old wiper blades are noisy and can leave marks or damage your windscreen. Make sure your blades are making full contact with the windshield and have not dried out or cracked.
  2. Wiper arms - If you have new wiper blades but they're still making a lot of noise, perhaps your wiper arm has become twisted down so the wiper blade is touching the windshield at an upwards angle instead of perfect 90°. You might want to try gently twisting the wiper arm blades back with a pair of pliers so the wiper blades are perpendicular to the glass.
  3. Washer fluid - Butterflies and mosquitos will soon be out in force so be sure to refill your washer fluid resevior with summer washer fluid. Windshield wipers rarely get rid of all the fly debris, so wash your windscreen and headlamps when fuelling your car.

Does your car smell stale when you turn the heating or air conditioner on? It could well be a sign that mould is building up in your condenser. Have your air conditioning system serviced.

Air intake and pollen filters fill up with airborne debris during spring and summer driving.  Clean them (or replace them) to ensure your ventilation system is running perfectly this year.

5. WASH:
This is where Auto Obsessed has a lot of expertise: washing and detailing your car.

Dust will settle on your car during the winter, even if you have a car cover over it for storage.  On the first warm Saturday of the year, give your car a quick wash with one of these products to bring up a shiny clean exterior finish.

  1. P21S Body Work Shampoo - wash with conditioning action to preserve finish
  2. Victoria Wax Super Soap - gently removes contaminates and lifeless oxidized wax to increase brilliance and shine
  3. Chemical Guys Clear Citra - wash for high gloss without stripping wax and sealants
  4. Swissvax Car Bath - effective, paintwork friendly shampoo prolongs the life of Swissvax wax finish
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