Tips for Winterizing Your Car
Tips for Winterizing Your Car
During winter we bundle up before leaving home to protect ourselves from cold weather and just like you, your car also needs some care to survive the low temperatures. To make things easy, we have offered some tips for winterizing your car.
Change Wiper Blades
Winter wiper blades are equipped with rubber that prevents ice from collecting on the blades. Also, these wiper blades are heavier and stronger that enables them to remove snow from the windshield more effectively. Inspect the wiper blades and make if they are broken or worn out, replace them.
Check Tire Pressure
Driving on underinflated tires increases fuel consumption and also leads to uneven wear and tear of tires. The air pressure in tires is reduced when temperatures drop. With every 10-degree drop in temperature, the air pressure in tires is reduced by 1 PSI, so it’s important to check and maintain correct tire pressure during winter.
Switch to Winter Tires If Necessary
Winter tires have special rubber formulation that keeps the tread rubber soft even at sub-zero temperatures. On the other hand, all-season tires start stiffening at extremely cold temperatures making them unsuitable for winter. Winter tires have a special tread pattern that allows them to wade their way through snow and also provide good traction performance.
Keep the Coolant Fresh
The importance of antifreeze increases during winter. It prevents the freezing of the engine. During winter, the recommended ratio is 60 percent antifreeze and 40 percent water. If you live in a region with an extremely cold climate, you can increase the percentage of antifreeze to 70 percent. Make sure you drain the old mixture and fill the radiator with fresh coolant mixture.
Keep the Fuel Tank More than Half Full
During winter, condensation occurs in the empty part of your car’s fuel tank. This condensation can cause icy blockages in fuel lines and cause starting problems. Keeping the fuel tank at least half full to avoid any freezing.
Check All Fluids
You need to check the engine oil and ensure it flows easily. If the engine oil is thick and laden with dirt, it’s time to get the oil changed. Select engine oil with the right viscosity for the winter. Also, check other fluids like transmission fluid and brake fluid.
Check the Brakes
During winter, the roads become slippery and you need to often apply brakes to control your car. Check the brake pads and see if they need replacement. Some of the audible signs that indicate the need for brake replacement are screeching, squealing and a grinding noise when the brakes are engaged.
Flush Your Heater
If the heater takes time to supply hot air quickly, you need to flush your heater. This means you need to clean the heater core tubes. It will allow the heater to use its own coolant supply and warm up the cabin faster. Also, check the defroster and ensure it works efficiently.
These are some maintenance tips and precautionary measures that make your car roadworthy for the winter season. Following these tips will prevent unforeseen problems and ensure you have a good winter driving experience.