No One Ever Wants to Experience Mechanical Failure
No matter when it happens, no one wants to experience mechanical failure. This is certainly true during the cooler winter months. A well-maintained vehicle will last longer and provide a more enjoyable ride. There are certain things you need to do to your car to make sure it makes it through the winter.
Winter Auto Maintenance
Some of these tips can be done on your own, but others will need the help of an experienced auto mechanic:
- Engine Performance. Get any issues repaired at a trusted auto shop. Cold weather can make any existing problems even worse.
- Fuel. Once a month, pour a bottle of fuel de-icer into your tank to prevent moisture from freezing in the fuel line. It’s worth noting that having a full gas tank helps prevent moisture from forming.
- Oil. If your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips, change your oil and oil filter more frequently than specified in your manual.
- Cooling Systems. Every 24 months, the cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled. The coolant’s level, condition, and concentration should all be checked on a regular basis. Usually, a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water is recommended. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, wait until the engine has completely cooled before removing the radiator cap. A professional should inspect the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses.
- Windshield Wipers. Replace any worn-out blades. If your climate is particularly harsh, invest in rubber-coated blades to prevent ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent because you’ll be surprised at how much you use it. Bring an ice scraper with you.
- Heater/Defroster. For passenger comfort and driver visibility, the heater and defroster must be in good working order. A cabin air filter is included in newer models and should be replaced on a regular basis. The location and replacement interval should be found in your owner’s manual.
- Battery. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces, and tighten all connections on a regular basis. Check the fluid level monthly if the battery caps are removable.
- Lights. Inspect all lights and bulbs and replace any that are burned out. Clean all lenses on a regular basis. Never use a dry rag to avoid scratching.
- Exhaust System. Your car should be lifted, and the exhaust system should be checked for leaks. Small holes in the trunk and floorboards should be checked. Exhaust fumes have the potential to be fatal.
- Tires. In the winter, worn tires will be of little use. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wear, and cupping, as well as cuts and nicks on the sidewalls. Once a month, check the tire pressures. Before driving for any distance, inspect the tires when they are cold. Rotate as directed. Make sure you have a spare and that the jack is in good working order.
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