Winter Maintenance For Your Vehicle

There are so many things you need to check weeks before winter starts so you can make sure you're driving your car in good condition. Driving in cold weather is dangerous if your car is not well maintained and low temperatures can damage your vehicle if it's not in good condition. 

So here are some tips you can follow to prepare your car for winter days.


SWITCH TO A WINTER OIL


Maybe not everybody has heard about it but there is a winter oil whose viscosity is much lower than summer oil's. Cold temperatures can make oil flow slowly or not at all, making it harder to pump through the engine block. Lighter weight oil will improve the start up and lubrication, keeping the engine cushioned and cleaned in order to avoid future problems.

You will make the fuel combustion flow faster which improves miles per gallon gasoline usage, so you are going to notice the decrease in money you spend on it.



TIRE PRESSURE


Make sure you check your tire pressure at least once per month or when the temperatures decrease significantly. You may consider winter tires, they are made of softer material and are more patterned. With low temperatures the air volume decreases and pressure becomes much lower. This is so dangerous while you are driving. If tires are well inflated they will last longer, can improve the fuel efficiency and obviously your vehicle will be much safer.



KEEP YOUR GAS TANK HALF FULL


Keeping your gas tank at least half full will prevent condensation in the gas tank and it can avoid the gas line from freezing. Also adding some antifreeze helps too.


CHECK YOUR BRAKES


With ice and snow it is harder to stop the vehicle when you brake. You need to make sure your brakes are in good condition for winter. You should check the fluid condition and levels, the brake discs and replace the brake pads.



KEEP YOU BATTERY IN GOOD SHAPE


It is harder for your battery to start during cold days, so make sure it is in good condition. Check your battery if it is more than 4 years old. 

To check your battery you can go to your usual technician or you can do it yourself by taking a look at it and using a multimeter. 


Check if there is a broken terminal or if there is a bump on the case. Also check for a crack or rupture of the plastic, leaking or discoloration.


Here is a table you can use:


State of Charge

Voltage

100%

12.7 - 13.2

75%

12.4

50%

12.2

25%

12.0

Discharged

0 - 11.9




CHECK YOUR HEATING SYSTEM 


Heating core uses the heat from the coolant to warm the car. The heating system will help you to get warm on cold days and to defrost the glass on your car.

If you check your heater and it doesn't work, it may mean a low coolant or water level in the radiator due to a leak in the cooling system, a bad thermostat or a blower fan that isn't working properly.


Now you know what to check on your vehicle before winter and what you can do by yourself. If you don't know how to start, just go to your technician and ask for it. 

 






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