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How to get your Dodge Truck ready for the winter

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Winter will be here soon. So now is the perfect time to make sure your Ram is ready to deal with the ravages of cold weather. Even though Ram trucks are tough and versatile enough to handle any type of weather conditions, it is wise to make sure to do the proper winter maintenance and preparation. If you have a late model Dodge truck you won’t have to do too much to get it ready for winter. Still, there are a few things every truck owner should do to ensure their truck makes it through whatever winter brings with flying colors. Most of them are simple, easy and inexpensive. And, if you have any issues, you can always bring it into¬†Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Routine Maintenance

One common reason people have problems with their trucks in winter is because they fail to do routine maintenance. Most newer Rams don’t require extensive winterizing. Simply check the owners manual and make sure you have had all the required services performed by a reputable technician. This should include checking all the fluids under the hood and replacing them if necessary. Pay particular attention to your engine coolant and make sure you have the right winter mix. Plus be sure to get your oil changed at the appropriate time. Your transmission fluid should be checked as well.

The Battery

Problems starting in cold weather is another common issue people have with their vehicles in the winter. Often the problem is the battery. So as winter approaches be sure your battery is in tip top shape. Make sure the battery leads are intact, tight and corrosion free. Have your battery tested to ensure it is at full power. If it is not, then charge it or replace it. Many places will test your battery at no charge.

An Emergency Kit

You should always keep an emergency kit in your truck. That kit should have jumper cables, a tow strap, a blanket, bottled water, a mobile charger and a first aid kit. Even if your truck never needs it, that emergency kit may come in handy for helping someone else.

Check Your Tires

Depending on the age of your tires and the amount of wear and tear they have endured, you must make sure they are prepared to take on the winter. Make sure they have the right amount of air pressure and the threads are not overly worn. Consider if they need to be replaced or if you should put on snow tires. Good tires are an important safety feature. Pay attention to them.

Windshield Wipers

Before the inclement weather begins, thoroughly inspect your windshield washer and wiper blades. Replace old or worn wiper blades immediately and make sure the washer nozzles are clear and properly aimed. Use only winter-grade windshield solvent to fill the windshield washer fluid bottle. Consider stowing an extra gallon in your truck just in case.

Four Wheel Drive

Check the operation of your truck’s 4WD components. Ensure locking hubs, push button engagement and the transfer levers move freely and engage and disengage properly. Whether you have a Ram 1500, 2500 or 3500, don’t neglect this step.¬†

 

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