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  • Writer's pictureGeoff Nienstedt

COLD ENOUGH FOR YA?




I know Im always saying how important it is to SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER but its also important to keep you car running right so that you can SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER. Maintaining your car in cold weather is crucial for optimal performance and preventing issues that can arise due to low temperatures. Here are some tips to help keep your car running well in cold weather:

  • Check and Change Fluids:

  • Ensure that your engine oil is suitable for cold weather conditions. Consider using a winter-grade oil that flows more easily in low temperatures.

  • Verify that the coolant/antifreeze level is adequate, and the mixture is appropriate for cold weather.

  • Battery Maintenance:

  • Cold weather can put additional strain on your car battery. Inspect the battery for signs of corrosion and ensure a secure connection.

  • If your battery is older, consider having it tested, and replace it if necessary.

  • Tire Care:

  • Check tire pressure regularly, as cold weather can cause tire pressure to drop. Properly inflated tires provide better traction and handling.

  • Consider switching to winter tires for improved grip on icy and snowy surfaces.

  • Engine Warm-up:

  • Allow your car's engine to warm up for a few minutes before driving, especially in extremely cold temperatures. This helps the engine oil reach optimal viscosity.

  • Use Winter-Grade Washer Fluid:

  • Replace summer washer fluid with a winter-grade solution that won't freeze in cold temperatures. This ensures clear visibility.

  • Check Lights and Wipers:

  • Ensure that all lights are functioning properly, and replace any bulbs that are out.

  • Check the condition of your windshield wipers and replace them if they are worn.

  • Keep Fuel Tank Full:

  • A full tank of gas can help prevent moisture from forming in the fuel system. It also ensures that you have enough fuel to last in case of unexpected delays.

  • Protect Exterior Surfaces:

  • Consider applying a wax or protective coating to the exterior surfaces of your car to help prevent salt and snow from causing damage.

  • Garage Parking:

  • If possible, park your car in a garage to protect it from the extreme cold and reduce the need for extensive warm-up times.

  • Emergency Kit:

  • Keep an emergency kit in your car with items such as a blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, and other essentials in case of a breakdown.

Regular maintenance and preparedness are key to ensuring your car runs well in cold weather. If you're not comfortable performing these checks yourself, consider taking your car to a professional mechanic for a winter checkup. Hope you enjoyed folks. Be safe out there.

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