Jack Frost’s winging his way to town, and if he’s winging in a FIAT 500, we can assume he found surprisingly ample space to bring enough snow and ice to annoy you this winter. But fear not! Your FIAT 500 was designed with all four seasons in mind, and there’s plenty more winterizing you can easily accomplish with your service manager. Now is the time to visit your FIAT Studio to prepare for winter. Here’s what your service manager will look for :
High temps can weaken your car’s battery over the summer months, leaving you at risk come winter. Check it for a strong charge, but also check for corrosion and other damage to its terminals or case. If you notice dim or flickering interior or exterior lights, or if your ride is slow to start, it may be time for a new battery.
Stick a penny in your tire treads, and if you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, well, trust “honest Abe”– it’s time for new tires. Also, be sure to check your tires for overall wear. While the 500 comes with a standard tire-pressure monitoring system, make an extra effort to be properly inflated during the cold months for optimal traction and fuel economy.
Driving with snow, ice and salt mingling on your windshield is hard enough. Don’t make winter driving more dangerous by ignoring janky wiper blades. If you’ve been checking your blades with every oil change, good! If not, get on that, ASAP. If you notice any unusual squeaking or shredding, it’s time to replace.
Fluids & Filters
It’s a good idea to check your antifreeze/coolant level once a year. Do so before winter really sets in, and make sure your car’s power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer fluids are topped off at factory-recommended levels. Since you’re under the hood, be sure to check the air filter, too. Like properly inflated tires, unrestricted airflow improves both overall performance and efficiency.
But it’s not all on you…
Don’t think you have to do all the work. If you’re driving a 500, you’ll benefit from its standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) this winter and beyond. As you focus on the road ahead, ESC works behind the scenes, coordinating vehicle steering, braking and traction to keep you on your chosen path or to get you back on course should you skid on wet or slippery pavement.
For more information on getting your Cinquecento ready for winter, check out this Interactive Maintenance Guide. If you have helpful tips or tricks of your own, share in the comments or over on Facebook.