Prevent Cold Weather Vehicle Damage

When the temperature drops, so can the performance of your vehicle. To keep your car going during the rest of the winter, read the following tips.

Prevent Cold Weather Damage

The Battery

The first preventative maintenance task on your car care to-do list should be testing your battery. This way, you’ll know when (or if) you need to replace it before it becomes a dire/last minute necessity. If you don’t have a good way to test your battery, consider how long it’s been since you bought a new battery. Expect your car battery to last about six years. If you bought your car secondhand and don’t know how old the battery is, take it to your local auto repair shop for testing.

Fluids

Another important preventative tip is paying attention to your vehicle’s fluids. Your transmission fluid, oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, and power steering fluid can all be affected; cold temperatures can cause them to thicken. When fluids thicken, they can’t circulate as quickly through the car as they normally do. Your transmission fluid is probably the most affected in this situation because it has to move faster than any other fluid to keep your car running. When it’s at or below freezing out, your transmission’s performance is likely to suffer. This is why taking enough time to heat up the car before going out is so important.

Ice Melt

Your car gets the dirtiest during the winter, especially once it gets icy out and the streets get coated with ice melt, sometimes called brine. Ice melt is a blend of water, salt, and magnesium chloride which lowers the freezing point of water — great for making the streets safer. However, the mixture is highly acidic meaning that the longer it stays on your car, the more likely it is to start eating away at your vehicle’s paint. Take advantage of the odd warm(er) days and wash your car.

Contact the auto repair experts at Performance Auto for more information about keeping your car in the best shape.

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