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Pre-Winter Tune Up

For all of us on Vancouver Island, it looks like winter is here and here to stay. Here’s how to get your vehicle winter-ready.

Even though it feels like we were all at the beach just a few weeks ago, winter is quickly approaching. Before the cold weather hits, it’s a good idea to take a few preemptive measures for insuring that your car makes it through winter.

To keep your vehicle looking and running its best through the cold months, consider these tips and protective measures that are perfect for the Vancouver Island climate.


Check your windshield wiper fluid levels to make sure you’re topped up, and make sure that your wiper blades are in good condition. Replacing wiper blades isn’t a big or expensive job, and you will be happy that you did it. Additionally, repairing a cracked or damaged windshield before winter will help keep you safe.


Cold temperatures are tough on batteries of all types. Ensure your battery is holding its charge properly, and replace a battery that is more than 5 years old. The last thing you want on a chilly morning is trouble starting your car.

Rust Prevention

Road salt, slush, water, and snow combine to form a nasty winter cocktail that is capable of destroying your vehicle’s undercarriage. Keeping your car clean, including the undercarriage, is a vital component of vehicle maintenance during winter. Consider a preventative treatment from Island Detail to keep your vehicle rust free – if you have any questions, just get in touch.


Making sure your vehicle is in top-shape before winter is a great way to prevent you from experiencing unnecessary stress. Getting caught up on necessary maintenance and staying ahead of any problems will keep you safe, and help avoid a roadside breakdown in negative temperatures.


Besides keeping you comfortable while driving, functional heaters are important for defrosting your windows. Give your heater a test, and if it isn’t working, get to a shop for repair.

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