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8 Simple Steps to Protect Your Truck in Winter 2022/2023

We all know the old adage - "They just don't build 'em like they used to" and it's true! At Durabak we pried ourselves on actually sticking to our original product first launched in 1989 and still going strong, beating the competition every step of the way. 

However, your truck isn't being built the same way as it's grandfather truck was build thirty odd years ago, and that means that you've got to invest a little exra effort to maintain it to expect anything like the type of lifespan that you used to be able to expect from a top 3 American Made pickup.

Because winter is the roughest time of year for trucks (and pretty much anything) we've put together a really short and simple checklist with 8 great tips that should extend the life of your truck, and might actually end up saving your own life!

Preparing your pickup truck for winter is essential to ensure that it runs smoothly and safely during the cold months. Follow these steps to get your truck ready for winter:

  1. Check your tires: Make sure your tires have enough tread to provide adequate traction on slippery roads. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, consider investing in winter tires. You should also make sure your tires are properly inflated, as cold temperatures can cause the air pressure to drop.

  2. Inspect your battery: Cold weather can drain the battery faster, so it's important to make sure it's in good condition. Check the terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. You should also test the battery to make sure it's holding a charge and consider replacing it if it's more than three years old.

  3. Change your oil: Cold weather can cause your oil to thicken, making it harder for it to flow through the engine. To prevent this, consider switching to a winter-grade oil. You should also make sure your oil is at the correct level and replace the oil filter if necessary.

  4. Check your brakes: Make sure your brakes are in good condition to ensure that you can stop safely on slippery roads. Check the pads for wear and replace them if necessary. You should also have your brakes inspected by a professional if you notice any problems.

  5. Protect the underbody: To prevent rust and corrosion, it's a good idea to protect the underbody of your truck with a product like Durabak. Durabak is a rubberized coating that creates a barrier between the metal and the elements, helping to prevent rust and corrosion. It's easy to apply and dries quickly, so you can get back on the road in no time. You can also start tackling any rust, like coating rusty rims with Durabak - corrosion will just grow and eat through your truck if you don't deal with it.

    Wheel Rims coated with Durabak 18 Textured Bedliner
  6. Stock up on supplies: It's always a good idea to have some emergency supplies on hand in case you get stranded in the cold. Make sure you have a blanket, flashlight, and extra warm clothing in your truck. You should also keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in the bed of your truck to help provide traction if you get stuck in the snow.

  7. Check your antifreeze: Make sure your antifreeze is at the correct level to prevent your engine from freezing in cold temperatures. You should also check the color and condition of the antifreeze, as it may need to be replaced if it's old or dirty.

  8. Clean your truck: Before winter arrives, take some time to clean the inside and outside of your truck. Remove any debris from the bed of the truck and vacuum the interior. Washing the exterior of your truck will also help to remove any dirt or grime that could corrode the paint.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your pickup truck is ready to handle the cold weather and keep you safe on the roads this winter. Remember to always drive carefully and be prepared for any potential emergencies.

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