7 Simple Winter Car Care Tips
Having Trouble with Your Car This Winter?
Winter can be tough on most cars. Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s engines, tires, fluids, and battery. That is why many people living in areas with colder climates usually go for vehicles that are built to endure long harsh winters.
While preventive maintenance is essential all year round, it’s especially important to make it a priority during winter. You’ll need to dedicate a day to taking care of your car and ensuring that it won’t be affected by the brutal elements of the season. More importantly, you should know what the proper steps are to keep your automobile protected throughout the snowy months.
If you’re having trouble with your car this winter, we’re here to help you out. Here are 7 simple tips that will surely help maintain your car’s condition and performance despite the cold season’s challenges:
1. Install snow tires.
Probably the most important step to prepare your car for winter is by getting a set of snow tires. These tires are made of rubber that’s much softer than those of all-season tires, allowing them to retain flexibility even in the coldest of weather. Their tread patterns also allow for excellent grip in the ice and snow.
Although snow tires provide more traction than standard tires, they won’t remove the possibility of your car slipping and sliding on the road. Still, having these special tires can make all the difference in your driving performance and keep you safe on icy roads and pavements.
2. Change your oil.
Many people fail to change their oil as winter kicks in, which is one of the reasons why their cars perform poorly. The cold weather can make your car’s oil thicker, thus reducing its engine circulation.
Buy oil that is thinner than what you normally use. Most cars provide winter oil viscosity guides in their manuals, along with other proper oil viscosity recommendations for different seasons.
3. Check your fluid levels.
Be sure to have an adequate supply of windshield wiper fluid. This will guarantee visibility to you and your passengers even in the worst of snowstorms. You might also want to examine your car’s transmission fluid (which should be done while your car is running) as well as your brake fluid. You don’t need to top off your brake fluid. Just replace it once it has lost its golden color.
4. Get your car battery inspected by a professional.
It’s not uncommon for batteries to wear out and die when temperatures drop. Rather than checking your car battery on your own, we suggest you let a professional do it. Repair shops don’t typically charge a lot to load-test batteries. Some auto parts stores won’t even charge you a single dime.
Once you learn that your battery is about to give up, have it replaced. On the other hand, if it’s still working well, you can maintain its condition by keeping your car warm. Parking your car in your garage will help your battery make it through the below-freezing temperatures.
5. Check your windshield wipers.
There’s nothing worse than having bad windshield wipers during a snowy or rainy day. Winter elements may damage the rubber of your wipers, rendering the blades useless. If that happens, you should get those blades replaced as soon as possible.
You can still use your standard windshield scraper to remove snow and winter grime from your windshield. As for cleaning your windshield, use alcohol-based sprays or normal rubbing alcohol, and avoid using hot water if the windshield is frozen.
6. Check your radiator.
A car radiator that is running out of coolant may lead to a leak, transmission failure, or engine overheat, which explains the need to inspect your radiator. You’ll know that you have enough coolant left when the liquid is just below the cap and it covers the radiator tube. If you can’t see any liquid anymore, then it’s time you refill it with coolant.
7. Make sure your tires have the right pressure.
Tire pressure plays a key role in braking, cornering, and your vehicle’s overall stability — all of which are important on slippery and ice-covered roads. Too little pressure can wear out your tires. On the other hand, too much pressure can cause them to bounce off the road.
Cold temperatures compress not just the air around you but the air inside your tires, too. In fact, tires lose a pound of pressure for every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the owner’s manual for your car’s ideal tire pressure.
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