5 Ways to Get Your Car Ready For Winter

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Top 4 Cold Weather Vehicle Problems

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Low winter temperatures can put a lot of strain on your car. Learn about what the most common problems are and how you can combat them. Just a few facts will keep you and your family safe from point A to point B. Continue reading “Top 4 Cold Weather Vehicle Problems” »

How To Winterize Your Car

With the harsh winters coming up, it is important to upgrade and winterize your car for its protection. Here is a list of steps which will help you to winterize your car so it can make it through the harsh weather conditions.

How To Winterize Your Car

Check The Windshield Wiper Blades

There’s nothing worse than driving when the weather turning bad and suddenly realizing that your wiper blades are worn out. In the winter season, the blades can get damaged quickly due to the motion on the ice accumulated on the windshield. In extreme cold conditions, ice can form on the windshield within a couple of minutes. It’s always good to winterize your car with a new set of wiper blades.

Oil Up

Each car has its own oil needs. With a change in the season, the oil requirements can also change. For harsh winters, a thicker oil is often advised as it has less chances of getting frozen as compared to regular oil. Always check with the car manufacturer before using any type of oil, this will ensure you a smooth ride as well as safety of the car. You can also use the viscosity meter to keep a check on density and purity of oil used.

Check Belts And Hoses

With a decrease in temperature, your belts and hoses can shows signs of damage or cracking. Be sure to get your belts checked by a proper mechanic before going for long drives. The belts may quickly begin to show signs of brittleness, so you need to check them at least twice a month.

Using Antifreeze

You engine serves as the powerhouse of the car. You need to make sure that your engine has a proper mixture of water and coolant. This will avoid freezing of the engine or unwanted shut downs even at very low temperatures. You can measure the quantities with an antifreeze tester, available at your local auto shop. This is an important step in winterizing your vehicle.

Emergency Kit

If your want to winterize your car, then having an emergency kit is the most important feature. If you become stranded this could be critical to your safety. This kit should include important items like gloves, hat, blanket and water. You should also consider things like flashlights, cables, shovel, tire chains, antifreeze and extra oil.

Following these simple yet powerful techniques to winterize your car would definitely help you make it through harsh winters. For more winter driving tips and to learn more about how Performance Truck & Auto Repair can help extend the life of your car, contact us at (334) 245-6600.

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