Winter has arrived: Time to Winterize your Volvo

As you read this blog today, you just went through almost-zero degree temperature in the Richmond, Virginia Metropolitan area.

Your kitchen and bathroom cabinets were open last night to let warm air caress your pipes. Your spigots were on slow drips so that your pipes wouldn’t freeze.

winter wonderland

Area schools opened late or were closed altogether.  People were encouraged to avoid going outside. We had to wrap ourselves in layers, put on stocking caps and scarves and mittens before heading out to start our Volvos and head to work.

Yes, winter has hit Central Virginia. You were prepared at home but was your Volvo ready for it?

If not, there are several things you can do to make sure your Volvo makes it through this frigid winter (which may be the coldest in twenty years) with minimal problems and lower repair bills.

Here is our list for “Winterizing your Volvo”:

1. Check your tires

On a rear wheel drive Volvo, the two tires with the most tread should be on the rear for traction. If you have a front wheel drive Volvo, the tires with the most tread should be on the front for better traction.

2.  Check your belts

All drive belts and hoses on your Volvo should be checked for wear and aging.  As temperatures hit below thirty degrees, a worn belt or hose is three times more likely to blow out or break during the warm up from twenty five- thirty degrees to one hundred eighty-one hundred ninety five degrees in a matter of approximately five to eight minutes after the engine is started.

3.  Check the windshield wipers and washer fluid

Check your Volvo wiper blades for age.   Those nights where temperatures get below freezing, raise the blades off of the windshield when park your vehicle for the night so they do not freeze to the windshield.
Also, check the washer fluid and top it off as needed.  Your windshield washer solvent should be mixed seventy five percent (75%) solvent and twenty five percent (25%) water.  At thirty two degree temperatures, when vehicle starts to move the wind factor could be another ten to fifteen degrees colder.  If the solvent is not strong enough it will freeze when contacts the windshield.

4.  Check the coolant

Antifreeze should be protected down to at least zero (0) degrees.  If your Volvo sits one to two weeks at a time then we recommend ten degrees and below protection.

If you do this for your Volvo, you can minimize any damage your car may receive from whatever this winter weather can do to it. Or, if you want, you can call Paul’s “The Volvo Specialist” at (804) 276-6161 and we can winterize your Volvo for you.

Visit our website at for more information or to arrange a winterization for your Volvo. (Special thanks to Nikki Glenn of Paul’s “The Volvo Specialist” for her technical assistance in the writing of this blog.)

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