Protect Your Vehicle from Freezing Over with This Trick

Here’s how to winterize your car for colder days and make driving easier on you. We'll show you how in four easy steps!

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Winterize the exterior of your car

When cold weather is right around the corner, that’s the time to get your car ready for winter driving: lube locks, latches, hinges, window channels and weather stripping.

Proper lube can prevent binding and freezing and save you the cost of a busted regulator. You can lube your entire vehicle in less than 20 minutes. All you need is dry Teflon spray, spray lithium grease, a rag and glass cleaner. (Plus, these are the winter driving rules every Canadian car owner should know.)

Window channels

Start with the window channels. Lower the window glass and shoot dry Teflon spray down the front, rear and top window channels on each door. Soak the channels. Then run the window up and down several times to spread the lube. Finally, raise the window and clean off overspray with glass cleaner.

Trunk and hatch locks

Then shoot the door and trunk/hatch lock cylinders. Use the spray straw to force the lock ‘door’ open. Then inject a quick shot of dry Teflon spray into the lock cylinder. Insert your key and rotate the lock to spread the lube.

Weather stripping

Next, coat all the weather stripping with dry Teflon spray. Then spread it with a cloth. Finish the job by lubing the hood, trunk or tailgate latches with lithium grease.

Door hinges

Then spray the door hinges. Operate the latches and doors several times to spread the grease.

Next, find out what to do if your car breaks down in winter.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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