When temperatures start to drop, it’s time to prepare your car for winter. Proper maintenance, training and tools can be literally lifeguards in difficult conditions.
Now is the time to speed up your car with all its regular maintenance. This means taking care of any liquids that may have been neglected while you were out, enjoying the summer sun or entering this 60,000 mile setting, if you owe it. Check, change and / or top up oil, coolant and brake and transmission fluid if necessary. In the case of your oil or automatic transmission, be sure to get a high quality filter. It may seem like taking too much care of all your fluids at once, but in the long run it’s worth it.
Also look at the car’s brakes. Are your rotors distorted or cracked? Do they have deep grooves or are the pads worn close to their minimum clearance? Soon your vehicle will face more severe conditions, so drop any potential problems now. Make sure all your lights are working properly to ensure good visibility. The new bulbs cost only a few dollars and are easy to install yourself or installed when servicing your car. The same goes for the windshield wipers. If your blades are more than six months old, chances are it’s time to replace them with new ones. And don’t forget to fill the washer fluid tank with frost-resistant wiper fluid.
Check your tires
Go ahead and let your tires rotate and inspect. The last thing you need in cold, humid weather is to drive with bald or dry rotten tires. Examine carefully and replace excessively worn tires.
We recommend that you look at snow (or winter) tires, depending on your location and the length of time you will spend in the snow. Winter tires are made of special rubber compounds, resistant to low temperatures and have deep treads that trap unploughed snow and ice. Even the best all-season tires have joints that become more brittle when the temperature drops, and when that happens, the tires tend to grip less. The winter tire joint remains pliable when temperatures are low, maintaining traction and maintaining the car’s safety systems, with all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes functioning properly.
At this time, also make sure that your spare tire has enough air in it. Once everything looks good, look at the tire pressure. With everything up to the specifications you will get better gasoline mileage and your car will cope and stop better.
Protect the interior
You can not reduce the impact of time that can have on the interior of your car. If you are going to spend a lot of time going home and out of the items, you may want to get some bedding for all weather conditions. They are easy to clean and do a great job of keeping the sip in one place. Make sure your windows are clean, it will also improve visibility and reduce the likelihood of glass evaporating.
Maintain the cooling system
Our most important advice is to take the time to check your car’s cooling system. Extreme temperatures and harsh conditions can easily knock him out if he is not up to tobacco. If any part of the system comes with a shaky health bill, replace the parts with new ones. This means that you have tested the pressure of your car’s radiator and checked the hoses for cracks or bulges. Most stores can quickly test the radiators without having to remove them from the car.
If you can’t remember the last time your water pump was replaced, or your pump has more miles than the manufacturer recommends, it’s time for a new one. While you’re ready, go for a new thermostat – you’ll save money on labor to finish these two at once.
Even if everything under the hood appears well, replacing the engine coolant is a cheap insurance against extreme temperatures. Over time, antifreeze can actually generate a weak electric current, which can then cause oxidation and possibly damage your cooling system. You will need at least a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water to provide protection against sub-zero temperatures. Keeping everything fresh inside will put less stress on your car’s hardware and save you serious money in the long run.
Stock up on your car
The roadside can be dangerous in the best conditions, but when there are sub-zero temperatures or bad weather, it can be deadly. Wearing these consumables can save your life:
First aid kit
Several energy bars
Sandbag or cat litter to provide traction if your car is stuck in the snow
A little preparation is a long way to keep your car running smoothly during the winter months. Proper tools and maintenance will not only protect you and your car from the elements, but will also protect you.
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