As the weather changes, your car’s functionality may change too. To ensure your car maintains its fuel efficiency, performance, and safety, you must take the proper steps to winterize your vehicle. In this article, we highlight eight tips for winterizing your car.
According to the experts at Car Care Council, the best time to think about winterizing your car is at the start or in the middle of the fall season. Fall is the best time of the year for winterizing your car because it is before temperatures drop and stay low for months at a time.
Your engine relies on oil to run smoothly. When the weather gets cold, oil can thicken and gunk can affect the performance of your vehicle. Your car may need a different type of oil in the winter months to maintain optimal operation. Therefore, opt for a high-quality, winter-friendly oil to keep your engine running efficiently.
At the end of summer or the beginning of fall, check your tire pressure regularly as part of your maintenance routine. When the weather gets cold, the pressure in your tires can drop, reducing your traction on slick roads. It is vital that you keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure to ensure safe driving.
If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, consider switching your current set of tires for winter tires. Snow tires are designed to stay flexible in winter weather. This helps ensure the snow tires grip the road more effectively in the event of any inclement weather. If you don’t want to switch over to snow tires, make sure you have snow chains that are in good condition and you know how to use them.
Additional Reading: Winter & Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires
A cold spell can weaken your battery. If your car battery is three years or older, take your car in and have the mechanic test the battery strength. If your battery is weak, there is a good chance it could die when cold weather strikes. Replace the battery to avoid jump-starting in the snow or worse, becoming stranded.
In the summer, you may keep water bottles, sunscreen, and a basic emergency kit in your car. In the winter, you should expand your kit. Include a snow shovel, snow and ice scraper, extra coat, blankets. You may also want to carry extra coolant, antifreeze, and washer fluid. As you expand your kit, take the time to replace any medical or automotive supplies you used over the summer.
Being able to see during the winter is important. Most windshield wiper blades last about a year. Fall is a great time to replace your wipers each year. This tends to be a good time for windshield wiper replacement, as fall represents a break between spring and summer rain and winter snow.
Cold weather makes materials more brittle and more likely to break. When you go in for your oil change, have your belts and hoses looked at by a mechanic. Normal wear and tear can turn into a major problem with the help of cold temperatures. It’s better to handle replacements before the winter.
In addition to your oil change, you’ll probably need to switch your fluids over to low-temperature varieties. You will also want to check your coolant, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid levels. Top off each type of fluid with a version that won’t freeze when it gets cold.
If you have any questions about winterizing your car or want us to get your car ready for winter, call Mike at Great Plains Auto Body & Car Care or stop in and see him; 4103 Leavenworth Street, 402-551-6000.
Oil change $5 off; $10 off of Premium
The Vehicle Check Over service for Winter offered at Great Plains Auto Body is $60 and covers the entirety of the vehicle.
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