Winter Maintenance Tips
Winter Maintenance Tips
Your car is hit hard as the temperature falls. Winter is tough on your car’s engine, battery and other systems which is why winter car maintenance is essential to fix problems with your car and make it more fit for cold weather conditions. Here are some winter maintenance tips that will prove useful.
Check Battery Condition
The functionality of the battery is affected by cold temperatures. The last thing you want in the winter season is to be stuck in a car that won’t start due to a dead battery. Get the battery checked by a professional and ensure it can hold a charge for a long period. Batteries get weak over time and batteries that are three years old or older are not the strongest. You need to consider replacing your car battery if it is three years old or older.
Consider Winter Tires
Spinning out in the snow and finding that the tires can’t grip the surface is not a good way to learn that your tires are not suitable for the winter season. Regular tires are not built for cold weather. The tread rubber of regular tires starts stiffening as temperatures below freezing. On the other hand, the tread rubber of winter tires stays soft even at subzero temperatures. Regular tires are no match to winter tires when it comes to grip on the icy road surface.
Check Engine Oil
During the winter, engine oil thickens at a colder temperature. The result is that gooey oil puts more stress on the starter motor and the battery. You need to find out the recommended motor oil for winter in your car owner’s manual. If you have not changed your motor oil for a year, consider an oil change this winter.
Add Antifreeze to the Radiator
Coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents the engine from freezing. You need to ensure that the coolant level is not low in the radiator. According to auto experts, the right antifreeze water ratio for winter is 60% antifreeze and 40% water. With time, antifreeze in the mixture degrades. To ensure the right concentration of coolant in the mixture, you can add an antifreeze compound to the radiator.
Keep the Fuel Tank Full
Fuel tanks are not vacuum sealed and atmospheric condensation is a common issue. In winter, the atmospheric condensation causes the formation of ice in fuel lines and tank. The result is engine starting problems. By keeping the gasoline tank full, you leave less or no room for atmospheric moisture thus preventing starting problems.
Check Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid
Wiper blades are useful to clear snow from the windshield and see through the windshield clearly. Experts recommend car owners change wiper blades every six months. Check the wiper blades for any signs of damage. Run the wiper blades to see if it cleans the windshield properly. If the wiper blades miss large expanses of the windshield, get new wiper blades.
Following the winter maintenance tips above will ensure the winter season is easier for your car. It will ensure you do not have unexpected breakdowns and will get you and your car through the winter months.