It’s never fun to hop in your car on a cold January morning and realize it’s not going to start. General vehicle maintenance is important year-round, but it’s particularly important during the cold winter months.
Winter car care doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as maintaining the fluids in your car and making sure your battery is in good working order.
Some quick tips on items to pay attention to include:
- Gas. Condensation will build up in the tank the lower your gas levels are, so you should always keep it half-full in the winter. Condensation leads to water in your gas. This will make your vehicle run rough and if enough water is present, it won’t run at all. Additionally, your gas lines could clog with more water than gas and freeze making it impossible for your vehicle to get enough gas to run.
- Windshield wiper fluid. There are different blends for winter that have a lower freeze point. When purchasing wiper fluid, be sure to check to see what the freeze point is. It’s also important to keep the fluid bay full so you’re not stuck on a sloppy winter road with nothing to clean the windshield.
- Motor oil. To keep your car operating, you need oil to cool and lubricate all the moving parts in your engine – especially as the cold affects its ability to start up. Be sure your level is full. It’s also important to maintain your manufacturer’s recommendations for oil type and oil change schedules.
- Coolant. Coolant keeps your engine from freezing or boiling over, so it’s not just an essential for summer. It regulates your car’s temperature and helps to defrost your vehicle no matter the season.
- Battery Life. A dead battery can happen with almost no warning. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve replaced your car’s battery, it’s a good idea to have it checked.
Be safe on the roads this winter. If you need help with your car’s maintenance, our expert technicians are ready to take your call. Schedule your appointment today.