With winter just around the corner, it’s important for electric vehicle owners to do some preventative maintenance to keep their cars running smoothly in cold weather. Here are some tips and advice for winter vehicle checks for electric vehicles.
Check the Battery
Cold temperatures can reduce an EV battery’s range, so make sure yours is in good shape before winter hits. Have the battery tested by your dealer – they can check the health of the individual battery cells and alert you to any issues. Also check the battery charge level frequently and avoid letting it dip below 30%. Keeping the battery charged up will reduce the impacts of colder weather.
Inspect the Tires
Tire pressure drops 1 PSI for every 10 degrees in temperature change. Under-inflated tires lower range and can be dangerous on snow and ice. Check pressures monthly and inflate them to the carmaker’s recommended PSI level. While you’re at it, check tread depth – tires should be replaced once they reach 3/32″. Consider getting winter or all-season tires for increased traction.
Check Cooling Systems
EVs have multiple cooling systems for the battery, motor, and power electronics. Make sure the coolant level in each is adequate and filled with the manufacturer’s recommended coolant (usually glycol-based). Top up as needed – low fluid could lead to overheating and system damage. Schedule coolant flushes if recommended in your owner’s manual.
Inspect Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers take a beating in winter weather. Replace any wiper blades that are worn, cracked or streaky – new blades provide better visibility in snow and ice conditions. Use winter wiper fluid to prevent fluid from freezing inside the reservoir. Check that the heated wiper blades if equipped are functioning properly.
Look Out for Corrosion
Road salt and magnesium chloride used for de-icing can accelerate corrosion, especially on the undercarriage. Rinse your EV underneath with water after winter drives to wash away residues. Apply rustproofing wax/sealant to the undercarriage before winter. Check for any troubling rust spots and address them quickly with touch-up paint.
How can we help?
Winter weather can be tough on electric vehicles. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice put extra strain on EV batteries and systems. That’s why it’s important to get a professional winter inspection to keep your electric car running smoothly all season long.
Our garage is equipped to perform a comprehensive winter checklist for EVs. We can check battery health, top up coolant levels, inspect the undercarriage for corrosion, and ensure wipers and tires are in good condition. Proper maintenance helps prevent weather-related breakdowns and accidents.
We also offer seasonal services like battery optimisation to improve cold-weather performance. Contact our team to schedule an appointment and get your electric vehicle ready for whatever winter throws your way. With our professional winter inspections, you can drive into the new year with confidence and peace of mind.