Winter Car Care
This week we began to feel the first real frost of the season. Last week we covered tire pressure and how it can drop ten pounds per ten degrees as the weather gets colder. This week we want to discuss a few other factors to take into consideration as you prepare for the winter.
- Battery and Charging System. During the winter the oil in your battery is not as fluid as it is in the summer months, causing it to shut down. Aside from checking your battery and charging system before the winter hits, make sure to carry the biggest battery you can fit in your car in case of emergency. Remember that the colder it is, the more power you’ll need, so be sure to invest in a high-powered battery.
- Windshield Wipers. If you’re caught in the midst of a snow fall on the open road, you’ll realize your wipers are critical to protecting you from any accident. Always be safe and check your wipers at the end of the summer. Invest in winter wipers, with a rubber covering that keeps ice from collecting on the blade. Be sure to turn your wipers off before shutting off the engine. Leaving them mid-motion could cause the water from the windshield to freeze your blades overnight. Also make sure your windshield reservoir is full!
- Snow Tires and Sandbags. If you have a rear-wheel-drive vehicle that needs help in the snow, you can put a sand bag or two behind the rear axle. This extra weight will increase the traction of the rear wheels. Also invest in snow tires. If you cannot afford four new snow tires, get at least two.
There are many more factors to consider when preparing for the winter. If you have any questions come down to M3 Collision and meet with one of our collision repair experts. We’ll make sure your vehicle is well equipped for the winter.
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