Whether you’re tearing up a track, or just heading to the grocery store for milk, if you’re a MINI driver you know that any excuse to get behind the wheel of your MINI is a good excuse. We’re here to tell you that there is no reason why you can’t get that feeling all year long — forget about that pesky little thing we call winter! Here at Edmonton MINI we have everything you need to winterize your MINI, from winter specific servicing to accessories. Read on and learn what we have to offer, and what you can do to winterize your MINI.
The first step in becoming winter ready, is stopping by the service department. It is especially important to make sure that everything on your MINI is in excellent working condition, when the road conditions are less than desirable. A quick oil change, and a change to more viscous fluids (or winter-weight fluids) helps keep your engine working smarter, not harder, over the course of the winter. If you park outside, it is especially wise to make sure your battery is up to date and corrosion free. We can think of few things worse than having somewhere to be, with a car that refuses to start. Especially when driving your MINI is probably the best part of your day. Another thing the service department can help out with to winterize your MINI, is to do a quick brake check. It can be hard enough stopping when the roads are icy, but if your brakes aren’t sharp you may find yourself exchanging insurance information more than you’d like to.
Speaking of brakes, the easiest and best way to winterize your MINI is to add a set of winter tires. Winter tires are made from specially formulated rubber compounds that don’t freeze when the temperature drops, as well as having different, deeper tread patterns. Frozen tires won’t bend to the road, which means they won’t grip as well. And forget about deflating your tires — that’s an old wives tale that has no real benefit (unless you are driving on soft snow, not the hard-packed icy roads found in most cities). Also worth noting, tires lose roughly a pound of pressure every time the temperature drops around 10℃, so the last thing you want to do is start the process voluntarily. If you’re still riding on all-season tires, contact our parts department today so we can get you set up with something winter ready.
Part of the fun of a MINI is customizing it, and making it your own. You can customize and winterize your MINI in one fell swoop with a ski and snowboard holder — saving room on the way to the hill for your friends inside your MINI. Or maybe you are one of those people who likes to keep your MINI clean no matter the season, in which case a set of all-weather floor mats in a unique MINI or John Cooper Works design will do the trick. Of course, these are just a few of the options available for customization; to get a better idea of all of your choices, come visit us at MINI Edmonton and talk to a member of our friendly staff.
There is no reason to not enjoy your MINI just because there is a little bit (or a lot) of snow outside. Already equipped with exceptional handling, all it takes is a few steps to properly winterize your MINI so you can experience the joy that comes with driving a MINI all year long. So come visit us at MINI Edmonton today, and find out how we can help you winterize your MINI.