Some Basic Tips for Preparing your Vehicle For the Winter

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Some Basic Tips for Preparing your Vehicle For the Winter

Now that the summer is over and fall is here, all of the family road trips have come to an end. Lets be honest when you lead a busy life do we really give our vehicles the tlc that it needs? Or do we wait until we hear that funny noise, smell the road kill through the vents we accidentally ran over. Before we decide to give our cars the much needs maintenance it needs.  My husband has been a mechanic for all of his adult life and most of his teenage life. I could never, and really I still don’t understand sometimes. How someone can spend so much time outside cleaning and maintaining a car.

I am talking weekly washes, daily vacuuming, tire shining, and much more. I have also learned a few things along the way watching him fix our friends and family’s vehicles. One of them I recently learned was how to change the Air Filter. I really didn’t know the importance of doing it until I saw just how bad one looked once it needed changing. I know the basics of maintaining a Car especially before the colder months arrive. Important tasks to keep in mind are:

1. checking the wipers to make sure they are all in tact. That means making sure there are no signs of visible wear and tear on your wipers and that they clear the windshield properly.



2. Checking to make sure your Spare tire is accessible and properly inflated. Or even knowing where its located. In this case ours is located in the floor of the trunk.


3. Another important thing to know and check is the Tire Pressure, which is quite easy there is a small guide that you can refer to, to know how much air is needed in your tires. Our recommended pressure level is a 32 Psi and 60 Psi for the Spare Tire. For those of you that are not familiar with adding air to your tires. You simply locate and unscrew the air cap, use the Tire gauge to measure the pressure in the Tire. Next use the the air hose to add air in short bursts. Lastly keep checking to ensure you’ve reach the recommended Psi.


4. Next you want to check out the lights to make sure all lights are working and your lenses are clean too. Specific lights you want to pay attention to are the brake lights, signal lights and the head lights.


5. Lastly you want to make sure that your air filters are in good condition. The reason this is so important, and to me the most important of all is because the cabin air filter is there to clean the air entering your car. From unwanted dust, allergens and dirt. Especially if you are an allergy sufferer like my husband is, we find this essential for the long hours we spend going on road trips. Not changing your filter annually or every 24,000km or (Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual). As suggested can also cause the air conditioner and defrost system to work less efficiently.

The Engine air filter is another important aspect in the function of your vehicle. It filters the air going into your Engine. When you’re Engine air filter is dirty it compromises the performance and power of your vehicle. Changing the filter yearly helps keep your Engine operate at its best. The difference between the two filters are quite simple the Cabin filter, filters the air you breathe, and the Engine filter, filters the air your Engine breathes.


To change the Air Cabin Filter I headed over to my local Canadian Tire and I picked up the  FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter, and a FRAM Engine Filter.

 FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter

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As I had said before FRAM suggests that you change your filter every 24,000 km. We are pretty diligent when it comes to changing our filters. However since we had such a hot summer the filters were pretty dirty in such a short time.


Left to Right Dirty Filter, Clean Filter



Left to Right Dirty Filter, Clean Filter

In terms of changing the filters, that was the easiest part in doing our maintenance check. I located the spot where the Cabin air filter is placed which is located behind the glove box.


I unscrewed the knobs which were on either side of the glove box to get access to where the filter is housed.


Once I did that I removed the cover by pinching together a little snap, in order for the face cover to be removed. After that I removed the dirty filter.



Inserting the clean filter was a piece of cake. It took no more that 10 minute install and it makes a big difference in the air quality entering our vehicle. These simple steps have now made us ready for the colder season ahead.



The FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. Contaminants that enter your vehicle with outside air can become concentrated, exposing passengers to higher levels of dust, dirt and allergens than outside the car. It is also recommended that both filters be change at the same time for optimal air function through your car. To check out more tips and tricks for changing out your filters here!

What are some of your steps you use to make sure your car is Winter ready? Let me know in the comments below.


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  • Reply Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching

    Oh my, I have never thought of changing the air filters. I am not as brave as you to do it myself, but will get my husband on to it!

    12/10/2016 at 8:55 am
    • Reply James

      There’s a good woman

      03/11/2016 at 5:46 pm
      • Reply Ma Belle Vie


        26/11/2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Nicolas Puegher

    The filters are quite a thing, the other day I was watching a video about it on Youtube, most people never change it and the difference with a new one is a lot! Thanks for sharing these awesome tips.

    12/10/2016 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Liz Mays

    It probably is time to start thinking about these things. We have three cars to take care of this year!

    12/10/2016 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply fortheloveofpeas

    You are quite right its time to start thinking about winter car maintenance. I recently learned how to change spark plugs, and it was quite fun to do too!

    13/10/2016 at 5:49 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      yes Winter care is so important. I haven’t played with spark plugs yet. It’s on my to do list!

      20/10/2016 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Elizabeth O.

    It’s important to get ready for the heavy weather on Winter and these are awesome tips! We really have to make sure that we clean everything and check everything as well.

    13/10/2016 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Dreammerin

    Hah… it’s so important to remember! I don’t want winter at all! No…. ;-((( Here is too cold….actually – now is too cold … 😉
    Let’s enjoy the fall ;-))

    13/10/2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply lastchance3

    I have no idea how to do any of this myself (other than cleaning the car). I normally bring my car in for routine maintenance such as replacing the filter. It’s so important to keep your vehicle in good running order.

    13/10/2016 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Megan Ogden

    These are some great tips! I love Winter, I hope we get lots of snow in Arkansas!

    14/10/2016 at 5:10 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I hope we get lots of snow too. However right now in canada its still hot here…. very unusual for october

      20/10/2016 at 6:55 am
  • Reply Jam and Tea Blog

    Omg. This is such a great post! I recently learned how to fill up the air in my tires. Sad, I know, but I never had to maintain a car on my own before. Thanks for sharing!

    16/10/2016 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Tiina Arminen

    Oh, you know a lot of cars! I’m not a car person at all and I don’t even drive. It’s not my thing at all. i will share this with a friend of mine and ask her if she has already prepared her car for the coming winter 😀

    16/10/2016 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Yeah my husband is a mechanic by trade so hes taught me alot along the way

      20/10/2016 at 6:55 am
  • Reply Cyn Gagen

    These are great tips for getting your car ready for winter and maintained throughout the year. So important but often something we take for granted! I need to check my vehicle and see if it has those cabin air filters. #client

    17/10/2016 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Vehicle care is so important in the longevity. And yes I agree we do take it for granted!

      20/10/2016 at 6:54 am

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