How to Lube Your Car Before Winter

Get through winter without a snag

Snow, ice and road salt take a toll on cars, but with a few squirts of lubricant you can lessen the impact and keep important moving parts working properly.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

4 Critical lube points

Cold weather is right around the corner, and now’s the time to lube locks, latches, hinges, window channels and weather stripping. You can lube your entire vehicle in less than 20 minutes. All you need is dry Teflon spray, spray lithium grease, a rag and glass cleaner.

Start with the window channels (Photo 1). Proper lube can prevent binding and freezing and save you the cost of a busted regulator ($400, installed). Then shoot the door and trunk/hatch lock cylinders (Photo 2). Next coat all the weather stripping (Photo 3). Finish the job by lubing the hood, truck or tailgate latches (Photo 4).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Rags

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Glass cleaner
  • Dry Teflon spray
  • Spray lithium grease