Jack Frost and his wintry hordes are on their way, and that brings both good news and bad news. The good news is that beautiful winter wonderland scenery is on the way, but the bad news is that the frigid weather brings numerous risks to your vehicle. Follow the tips below from Newark Chrysler Jeep Dodge below to ensure that you don’t get hit with an expensive repair bill this winter.
1. Check your car’s fluids
Dropping temperatures will make your car’s various fluids — like engine oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid etc. — thicker, which in turn makes it harder for them to perform their function. A lot of modern engine oils are designed to work in any temperature, but whatever your car’s age, it’s a good idea to take a look. Consider a full oil change before winter sets in. Your transmission and steering fluid won’t need changing, phew, but you will need to give the car a couple of extra minutes to warm up before you get going.
2. Spray the salt off the car, don’t wipe
We all know that they salt the roads to thaw snow, and we often see the crunchy stuff in front of us as we drive or walk down the road. A common mistake people make, however, is to wipe salt that has become stuck to their cars. Always use a hose, power washer or other spraying method to get salt off the tires/wheels, body and undercarriage of your car. If you wipe, the salt can scratch your car thus doing as much damage as if they were just left there a while.
3. Conserve power
Your car’s battery and the winter are like mortal enemies. Freezing temperatures will slow down the battery’s operation, which makes it harder to start your car. When you get to where you’re going and have parked up, power down all the systems you can (including all the extras like your heated seats). Being more conservative with the power use will help ensure that the battery fires up when you want to start your car.
4. No hot water on the windshield!
When you were a kid, did your mom or dad ever come out with a bowl of hot water to pour over the frosted windshield? You may have thought it worked, because as if by magic you could see through the glass again. What you probably didn’t realize is that every time they did it, they ran a huge risk of putting a crack or chip in the glass, and that can be expensive to fix. Use the proper tools, like a heated ice scraper.
5. Check the tire tread and maintain optimal pressure
It’s always a good idea to keep your tires in proper order, but it’s especially important to get them ready for the harsher winter months. Cold weather compresses the air, so getting the tire to the same pressure as you had in the early fall might not be enough. At the same time, you don’t want to overinflate them because that can cause unnecessary wear to the tread. A temperature drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit decreases tire pressure by a pound. Double your usual attention level during the winter months and keep your tires in the best condition.
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