2011 Land Rover LR4 Driving in the Snow

There’s a universal unwritten law of the automotive blogosphere that says every automotive blog and website must have at least one “prepare your car for winter” post. Well, here’s ours! Besides, it is always wise to have a well-prepared vehicle and winter will be here before you know it. 

Winter is incredibly hard on any car, and Land Rovers are no exception. The very cold starts combined with road salt, antifreeze road coatings, constant moisture, packed snow, longer idling times, contaminated fuel, and other factors take their toll in a hurry. So, what are some practical things you can do to prepare? 

Getting Your Land Rover Ready for Winter

10. Service Your Land Rover. If your Land Rover is due for service, get it done before the snow flies. Whether you do it yourself or have it done at a dealer, be sure to check the hoses, the battery, the belts, tire pressure, and get a fresh oil/filter change. You can also use this opportunity to check the air and cabin filters in addition to checking the brake pads for wear. 

9. Prepare to Get Stuck. While Land Rover’s Terrain Response system will help you cut through the white stuff, no vehicle is invincible, especially when it comes to ice. If you find yourself stranded, you’re going to want to make sure you have stocked your Land Rover with extra gloves, hats, blankets, and a flashlight. Good padded leather gloves are especially important. You’ll wish you had them when changing a tire or digging out a wheel in sub-zero weather — we know, we’ve been there.

8. Check the Spare Tire. It’s easy to forget about the spare tire, especially if it is located under your Land Rover where you can’t see it. Make sure your spare is in good condition, is properly inflated, and the winch mechanism (if equipped) is working properly. 

7. Replace Wipers and Windshield Washer Fluid. A heated windshield will only go so far. When it gets nasty, your wipers will ice up. To help avoid this, you should check your windshield wipers both front and rear and replace them if they look worn. Also consider buying winter wiper blades with a rubber shroud that helps prevent ice from building up on the wiper. Top off the windshield washer reservoir with a low-temperature washer fluid. You don’t want your windshield washers to freeze up. 

6. Familiarize Yourself with Terrain Response. Cycle through all of the Terrain Response settings to make sure everything is working like it should. Refresh your memory of which setting is best used and when. Remember that the “Snow” setting isn’t always the best setting for snow! Sometimes you will want to consider using the “Mud” or the “Sand” settings if the snow is particularly deep or wet.

5. Buy a Good Ice Scraper and Consider Emergency Supplies. A good ice scraper is essential. Make sure it has a long handle for reaching the center of the windshield. We recommend against using the metal-bladed ice scrapers. If they get bent or nicked, they can scratch your windshield. Additionally, you may want to consider tire chains, jumper cables, better tools for changing a tire, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, and perhaps even a small folding shovel. It’s better to be over-prepared.

4. Pre-Winter Wax and Wash. To help protect your paint, give your car a thorough once-over with a high quality wax. Preferably a wax applied by hand and topped by a spray or “all-in-one” wax product that will get in the inaccessible places moisture likes to hide.

3. Buy a Car Wash Card. You can usually load up a car wash card at a discount when compared to paying for individual washes. Wash your Land Rover often in the winter, making sure to get the entire undercarriage clean and as free of salt and contaminants as possible. On some Land Rover models, the rear A/C lines are especially susceptible to corrosion and should be inspected for problems (rusted or missing retainer clips, missing insulation, obvious signs of corrosion, kinks, etc.)

2. Use an Anti-Moisture Fuel Treatment. We are firm believers in winter fuel treatment additives. One of the more popular brands is HEET (and Iso-HEET), which can be picked up at any auto parts store and most major retailers (Target, Walmart, etc.) These fuel treatments prevent fuel lines from freezing, absorb water, clean injectors, prevent corrosion, etc. Up here in Wisconsin, it is not uncommon to have days that dip well below the 0°F mark and even colder nights. We’ve never had a fuel system freeze up under those conditions while using HEET.

1. Check Your Tires and Consider Snow Tires. The condition of your tires is paramount to safely traveling on snow-covered roads. The type of tires you use on your Land Rover will also make a significant difference on how your vehicle handles slick roads. If your tires are in need of replacement, the early fall is a great time to do it. You can also consider purchasing snow tires along with an extra set of wheels. 

Do you have more tips and tricks for surviving the upcoming winter? Share them with us by posting them in the comments section below!

2011 Land Rover LR4 Driving in the Snow



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October 20, 2011

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