Winterizing your semi-truck ahead of the cold

Posted: December 23, 2021

Whether we like it or not, winter is here. And freezing temperatures are just as hard on your truck as they are on you. Here are five things you can do to winterize your semi so you can keep moving through the cold months:

Check in with your coolant system
Check your coolant levels and if you find that your coolant isn’t full, pressurize the system to find potential leaks. Double and triple check on clamps and hoses and use test strips or a hydrometer to find out your coolant’s freeze point and make sure it’s adequate. If your coolant is over two years old, it may be time to switch it out!

Protect your engine
If you’re worried about your truck starting in freezing temperatures, you can install an electric block heater to keep your engine warm overnight or when turned off. Your engine may also need an oil with lower viscosity in the winter to reduce friction, which will help it get started quickly.

Save your windshield
The winter air puts more pressure on your windshield as materials expand and contract in the cold. If you let a dent or a crack go unchecked for too long, you may end up having to replace the entire windshield this winter. Make sure your wiper fluid is topped off and your wipers are in good condition – they put in a lot of work in the winter.

Maintain your battery
Like almost every other part of your truck, the cold can mess with your battery and electrical systems. Before it gets too icy, inspect your truck battery for corrosion and make sure it’s securely in place. While you’re at it, look for any corrosion or damage on all your electrical wiring.

Tend to your tires
Check your tire pressure frequently in the winter, as the cold often causes tires to leak or deflate. Any tires with low tread, cracks or degraded rubber should be replaced before you’re driving on wintery roads. If you’re traveling through extreme weather, make sure you have tire chains on hand.

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