It’s time to prepare your truck for another harsh winter season. With temperatures that range from bitterly cold – freeze your nads off in under 30 seconds to the above-zero slush, over the next five months, your truck is going to drive through some pretty intense weather.

Before the really cold weather sets in taking some time to give your truck a little extra T.L.C. While most people take some preventative action for winter, there are actually some often-overlooked steps you can take to make sure that everything is running in top shape.

Check your Air System

Your air system is probably one of the most important systems to check on before heading into winter because, so many other truck systems are dependant on it functioning and working properly. Your air system has to process the incoming air and is therefore the hardest hit truck system that is affected by the cold temperatures.

Make sure to Check the Coolant

Coolant plays a big role in regulating the temperature of your engines and if it’s not in perfect balance, it can create engine damage. It is bet to check your coolant every three to six months for optimal performance and engine protection.

Check your Batteries

The truck’s electrical system will be strained in the cold temperatures so it’s best to check your batteries before the really bad weather starts. Don’t get left out in the cold – do a load test, check your charging system and electrical connections and perform any necessary service repairs or replacements.

Check your Block Heater

Your block heater is one of your truck’s best friends in the winter. Make sure it’s in good working order.

Check your Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid

Snow and ice pelting your windshield is a lot tougher on the wiper blades than rain. Make sure your wiper blades are winter ready or replace them. Also, now is a good time to make the switch to winter washer fluid. There’s nothing like hitting a dirty highway to find out your fluid is frozen in the line.