Winter times wouldn’t be the best times for your cars to develop faults, and if cars are kept in shape under other weather conditions, you need to do more when you want your car to serve during the winter. So before the season sneaks up on you, get your car ready for winter. It’s not a difficult task. These are all that needs to be done.
Regular Routine Maintenance: – Doing this improves gasoline mileage, reduces pollution, and completely eradicates car troubles and aids a smooth winter driving.
Replacement of Dirty Filters: – If an engine runs poorly, it burns gasoline and becomes less efficient. Look out for temperature drop. The moment it drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel deicer monthly. This keeps moisture from freezing in the fuel line.
Change of Oil and Oil Filter: – This is commonly ignored, but it plays a vital role in protecting the engine. If you want to prepare your car for winter, I will advise you not to give any room for such passivity. Oil must be changed when it should. And reference should be made to the manual to determine the kind of oil that fits the vehicle in winter.
The Cooling System: – Recommended methods of flushing and refilling the cooling system should be strictly followed. From time to time, the coolant’s level, condition, and concentration should be checked using a balanced blend of antifreeze and water. The services of professional technicians are paramount, especially when checking the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses.
The Heater and Defroster: -These must be in good working condition to aid passenger comfort and make the driver visible.
Old Blades: -It is important to replace old blades on a regular basis. During a harsh climate like winter, a rubber-clad (winter) blade should be purchased as it helps to fight ice build-up.
Battery: – With professional equipment, a feeble battery can be detected. It can either be replaced or checked. The former is recommended. But for most motorists who may want to have it checked, all you need to do is to have the corrosion scraped from posts and cable connections. Afterward, clean all surface and re-tighten all connections.
NOTE: let the battery “cool down” before checking its pressure.
Tires: – Worn tires can be disastrous in winter! And they will surely lose pounds of air pressure during winter. So it’s advisable to check their remaining thread life, cupping, and uneven wearing. Keeping tires in good condition will involve checking its pressure and reserving an equally checked spare tire.
With these in place, your winter driving experience is sure to be without hassles.