THE 8 BEST WINTER CAR MAINTENANCE TIPS
Winter is coming, we can't help it. You're going to need to buy some winter tires (if you haven't already), and make sure your car is in good shape by having it do a major fall service. And you know, nothing better than the specialists at your dealership to do this, who will help you prevent any sores that could occur during the cold season. And sores, by -30 degrees, we do not want too much. But now, during the winter you can also take care of your vehicle. It only takes a little care to keep you running better. So here are some tips to help your car in yesterday.
Keep your Car Clean:
Mud, dirty snow, salt and sand will promote poor visibility and possible corrosion. A good car wash should be used to rid your car of all this debris. Be careful not to freeze the locks, wipers and doors.
Check and Change Your Oil:
Before the cold, make sure your oil is in good condition. The oil can thicken when the cold hits. This can make it more difficult to start your car. Use an oil intended for use in winter.
Check and Refill all Fluids:
The coolant should be flushed out and refilled. Not only should you top up your windshield washer fluid, you should keep a pitcher in the car for those slushy days that seem like they need an endless supply.
Make Sure Your Battery is in Good Condition:
Your battery will certainly take a beating during the cold winter months. Often times, its ability to start your car can be reduced by 50% with freezing temperatures. Your battery can be checked, charged or replaced if necessary by your mechanic.
Don't let your Tires Wear Out and Get Tired:
Keep them in good condition. When the temperature drops, the air in your tires decreases. Your tires will lose a pound of pressure for every 5 degrees Celsius drop. If your tires are underinflated, they are not gripping as expected.
A full Tank is Better than a Half Empty Tank:
Allowing your gas tank to drop below half can cause condensation in cold weather. This can cause your gas line to freeze and block the flow of fuel to your engine.
Warming up Your Car is not Good for the Vehicle:
The most effective way to warm up your engine is to drive your car smoothly at the start of each trip. You can also fit an engine block heater under the hood to help you start.
Always make Sure your Wipers are in Good Condition:
Even the best windshield wipers can see reduced performance after six months. Examine the wipers regularly and treat them with care when removing snow and ice from your windshield. Make sure your windshield wipers are in peak condition before winter.