Winter is a tough time for your car, that’s why it’s super important to manage small maintenance necessities to ensure that your commutes are safe and that your car is performing effectively. Here are some simple tips for your winter car maintenance needs!
Consult the owner’s manual for the right oil to use in these conditions. The weather has an impact on the internal temperatures of the engine. So consider selecting an oil keeping in mind the temperature outside.
Coolant keeps the car’s engine at optimal temperature and prevents overheating. Similar to motor oil, their requirements change in the winters. Make sure that the right fluid is selected for the conditions.
Conduct a thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid to ensure your car electronics are in good shape and are not likely to fail and leave you stranded in the cold. With your engine turned off, check how much charge is left in your battery – either by its built-in hydrometer or via a handheld one. If its voltage is between 12.6 and 12.8V, it has a full charge. If it’s 12.2 to 12.4V, it has a half charge. Anything less, it’s wise to hit up your local auto parts store for a new one so you don’t get left out in the cold.
Check the wipers’ conditions and consider selecting a washer fluid with antifreeze. Visibility is already hampered in the cold and its important that you be prepared for snow and hail.
It’s almost time for work, and of course you are locked out of your car due to the car locks being frozen and jammed. Don’t panic if this happens! For these types of mishaps it’s always important to have some WD-40® Multi-Use-Product lying around your garage to melt the ice off your door locks and prevent them from freezing them later in the day again. You can also use the 3-In-One Lock Dry Lube
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