The dramatic change in climate and temperature affects just about everything. Just like you have probably been out shopping for your own winter gear such as coats, hats and boots, you should also be looking for winter gear for your car. Experiencing vehicle trouble is bad at any time of year, but it is far worse when it is below freezing outside and you are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Follow these tips to winterize your car and keep yourself safe.
OIL: The temperature outside will impact the temperature inside your vehicle’s engine, so it is likely that you will have to switch to a different type of oil. In general you will want one that is thinner less viscous. Look in your owner’s manual if you are unsure what you will need.
BATTERY: The capacity of your car’s battery is decreased when the weather cools down. Inspect the battery and surrounding parts to make sure there are no existing or potential issues. If you see any cracking, loose cables or insufficient battery fluid, address it right away. You should also be mindful of how old the battery is so you know when it may begin losing charge.
TIRES: Driving on snowy, icy roads is dangerous, but you’re going to need to leave your home at some point! Proper snow tires can make a huge difference for driving in winter conditions, and it is recommended that you change all four tires in the winter.
WINDSHIELD: Similar to your oil, you will need to switch out your wiper fluid come winter, so it works when you need it and doesn’t freeze. A clean and clear windshield is incredibly important when driving in poor conditions; you need to be able to see!
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