MINI Cooper Winterization Checklist
Courtesy of Mini Mania Inc.
The coming winter months can bring many challenges for your MINI Cooper. Although modern vehicles are better designed to handle inclement weather, there are some basic steps every driver should take as days get shorter and air grows colder.
There are several things you can do before Jack Frost starts nipping at your windshield to ensure your MINI runs well this winter. Many of the things we list you can do on your own - a few you may want to leave to a trained mechanic. You may already have a mechanic you trust, but just in case, here is a list of MINI shops featured on our website.
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Air, oil and fuel filters, including new spark plugs, distributor cap and wires. Ignition system needs to be in top shape to battle the cold.
2. Check the anti-freeze
Only fill the tank with MINI recommended brand anti-freeze, make sure to check your owners manual for the proper anti-freeze type.
3. Check other fluids
Be sure all other fluids are at the correct levels and fill as needed. Brake fluid, engine oil, power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, etc.
4. Check the Battery
You can have a load test done on your battery at any local auto parts store. Don't forget to check your key fob batteries as well.
5. Check your tires
You'll want to be sure to check the tread air pressure and alignment of your tires. You may also want to have them rotated if you haven't done so recently. Remember, safety first!
6. Inspect the Brakes
A quick visual inspection will give you peace of mind driving in cold harsh conditions. If you're not sure please take your MINI to your local dealer or shop to be examined.
7. Check the wipers
Be sure your wipers are in tip top shape. And, if you live in an area where temperatures reach freezing be sure to add de-icing solution to your wiper fluid reservoir.
8. Check exterior lights
Do a quick check to ensure your turn signals, fog lights, headlights and tail lights are all working properly. Convert your bulbs to LED. They are brighter and longer lasting.
9. Inspect belts & hoses
Check your MINI's belts for wear and cracks in hoses. Any cracks will only get worse in the cold weather, leading to more expensive repairs.
10. Check heating & defrost
Ensure that your heating system and defroster are in good working order. These will be used over and over for the winter months.
11. Repair windshield chips
It's much cheaper to get a windshield crack fixed than replacing the whole windshield when that small crack breaks across the glass.
12. Winter emergency kit
Having an emergency kit in your MINI is always a good idea, but especially so inclement weather. It won't take long to assemble and could save your life.
We suggest you keep a Winter Emergency Kit in your trunk.
A Cold Weather Kit contains the following:
- jumper cables
- a shovel
- snow chains
- an ice scraper
- towing cables
- a blanket
- a first aid kit
- non-perishable food items
- warm gloves
- a flashlight
- and a cell phone