Winter will be here before you know it. With the cold weather, there are challenges that come with car ownership. The icy roads, heavy snow, and salted streets can cause issues for even a well-maintained car. Here are a few winter car care tips to make sure to have in top order for winter.
During the winter weather, the battery has a harder time to start the car. It takes more power to cold start a car than during the warmer summer weather. It is a good idea to have a volt test done on the battery to make sure the battery is in good working order. If the battery isn’t in good working order, it is a good idea to get a new battery before you find yourself stranded with a dead battery.
Many people do not think about washer fluid when they think about winter car care. Window washer fluid should be topped off and kept full during the winter. With the slush and salt on the road, it can be vital to have the washer fluid full in order to see when driving.
Gas Winter Car Care
During the winter months, it is a good practice to make sure to keep the gas tank full. If not full, it is extremely important to not leave the gas tank extremely low. When the tank is not full, the tank can have water in it, and the water can freeze inside of the fuel pump. This can cause some damage. A full gas tank can also keep the car running if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. In order to run the heat, the car must be running.
Coolant is extremely important to the car. The antifreeze does exactly like it sounds, It keeps the engine from freezing in cold temperatures. It is very important that there are no leaks in the coolant system that can cause the coolant to drain out. The antifreeze that is mixed with that water in the radiator should be a 50/50 mix.
Making sure these few things are a top priority for winter car care can help make sure the car is running at its best and doesn’t leave you stranded on the side of the road. If you are not able to do these things you can take your car to the dealership. The service department can check the battery, add antifreeze for you, and check for any leaks in the system. It won’t cost much, and will save you lots of money for repairs if it is not done.