For those in Canada or other areas with somewhat severe winters, it is especially important to winterize your vehicle. If you own a mini truck, the first step is to check for any repairs that need to be done before the weather gets colder and aggravates the problem. Once your mini truck is in prime condition, it is time to go through a checklist of steps to winterize your vehicle.Avoid rust
Because salt is not used in Japan, mini trucks will rust quickly in a country such as Canada. Be sure to undercoat and rust-proof your mini truck either on your own or through a service shop.
First check the windshield wipers to make sure that they are functioning correctly. If you see any damage to the rubber part of the blades, unfortunately the whole wiper blade will need to be replaced because it is a bit different in size from the typical North American blades. Thirdly, replace any summer windshield washing fluid or water with winter-grade washer liquid
Stock winter supplies
Putting an ice scraper and a snow brush in the mini truck before winter sets in will save you from headaches and hassles later on.
Check the battery
Clean the ends of the battery terminal and add distilled water if it is necessary. Check to see if it can hold a charge. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, you might want to replace the battery proactively if it is older than five years old
Use the A/C to your advantage
Lubricate your compressor by running your air conditioning once every month. Using your air conditioning will also increase the speed of defogging your windows.
Prepare your tires
Inspect the air pressure level of all of your tires, including the spare, and add air if any of them are below the desired level. Ensure that your tread depth is 3/16” or more. If the tread depth is too low or you have all-season tires on currently, it is best to replace them with snow tires.
Ensure safety and comfort
Make sure that the heater, lights and defroster are working correctly. It is important to note that on certain mini trucks it is normal for the dash vents to blow only cold air, and the heat emits from the floor vents and defroster. Maintaining a fairly full gas tank will help keep moisture from freezing in your gas lines, but be sure to have a bottle of anti-freeze for your gas lines just in case. Lastly, test your brakes if they have not been examined in the past six months
Following these steps will help ensure the safety of both you and your minitruck this winter. If you are looking to purchase and import a mini truck, Gazooba keeps more than 100 units ready for export on our website: www.gazooba.jp. Gazooba offers a selection of mini trucks that are 2WD or 4WD, flat body trucks and dump trucks. They are available in automatic transmission and manual transmission, but 95 percent are manual transmission. To import one of these highly reliable vehicles, contact Gazooba by email at [email protected] or by phone at +81 90 8832 6621.