How to Get Your Car Ready for Cold Weather

How to Get Your Car Ready for Cold Weather

Snow and freezing rain introduce some new challenges in everyday life and increase the importance of keeping your car operating safely. Changing weather also affects your car, especially cold weather. Here we have shared tips for getting your car ready for cold weather. 

Change Engine Oil

All engine oils are not made the same. For example, different oils will have the same viscosity at operating temperatures. After the engine cools down, some oil does not flow quickly. During cold weather, oil becomes thicker and does not provide enough lubrication to engine components. Hence, you should use the right engine oil for winter. You can find detailed information about the recommended oil viscosity for cold weather in the car owner’s manual. Get the right oil for your car before cold weather sets in.

Change Wiper Blades and Wiper Fluid

During cold weather normal wiper fluid turns into ice. Before the cold weather arrives, change the wiper fluid and get one with anti-coolant. Similarly, wiper blades are important to clear the snow and mist that gets accumulated on the windshield. Check the wiper blades for any signs of cracks or deformation. If they are not in the best condition, get a new set of wiper blades. 

Get Winter Tires

All-season-tires are not recommended for cold weather. The reason is the tread rubber starts hardening as the temperature falls. Below zero, all-season tire loses all traction performance, and it acts more like a hardened plastic ball rolling on snow. According to tire experts, you need to get winter tires if you live in an area that experiences sub-freezing temperatures. The winter tires have a special rubber formulation that keeps the tread soft even at extremely cold temperatures. The tread design of the tires is designed to flush out mud and snow and provide optimal traction performance of snow-covered roads. 

Check Your Brake Fluid

During cold weather roads become slippery, and you need to ensure that the braking system is working efficiently. The brake fluid is an important factor in braking performance. Make sure the brake fluid reservoir is filled to the recommended level. Next, check your brake pads. If they are worn out, replace them. 

Flush and Refill Fresh Coolant

The recommended water to coolant ratio during summer is 50/50. However, during cold weather, the mixture needs to have more antifreeze than water. The recommended ratio of coolant to water is 60 to 40. If you live in a region that experiences sub-zero temperatures most of the time, the coolant to water ratio should be 70 to 30. 

Check Your Lights

Visibility is low during cold weather, and you will need lights more often. Make sure all the lights in the car are functioning. Replace any fused bulbs. Also, ensure the light covers are clean, and the lenses are not foggy. 

Cold weather reduces the efficiency of many components in your car. The tips given above will make your car re ady for harsh road conditions and ensure you reach your destination safely.