WINTER CARE TIPS FOR YOUR VEHICLES
During this cold season, keeping your vehicle in good shape is a must! Not just for your safety,
but also to save money and avoid the hassle of leaving your car to the garage to get fixed.
For most drivers, it is very challenging to drive your vehicle in winter season not only because
of the icy or cold wet roads but also the freezing temperatures and heavy snow.
How you can take care of your vehicles during this difficult season? Here are some tips that we listed down for you: 1. KEEPING YOUR CAR BATTERY IN GOOD CONDITION
When checking a conventional battery, you need to remove the plastic caps on top and check its fluid level. If you see that the fluid levels is low, add some water to it, and must be distilled water which is safe for batteries. For maintenance-free battery, you need to check the window on top of the battery if it shows that it is in fully charged state. If it’s used more than 5 years and shows any sign of weakness, you need to replace the battery with a much better model.
You may also visit any service station, spare part store or repair shop garage for you to have your battery checked and tested professionally. But if your battery is faulty or just worn out, it’s best to have them replaced before it gets completely dead. And in worst case scenario, be sure you know how to jump-start your car.
2. CHECKING YOUR ENGINE OIL
In cold season, your engine can also be affected. Engine oil thickens when cold, making it difficult for the engine to process. You may also check your owner’s manual for recommendation from the manufacturer.
Usually, you should use the MULTI-VISCOSITY OIL that mentions “W” in viscosity index, which signifies that it is specially formulated for winter use. Typical formulas recommended for modern type of engines are 10W-30, 5W-20, 5W-30 that provide great oil flow at low temperature and can be used year-round. Whenever you change your oil, make sure you also replace the oil filter to make sure the system will have maximum quantity of flow.
While you are in a car garage/service shop, don’t forget to have your radiator and heater hoses be checked for leaks, cracks or any contamination from grease or oil. The hoses must be compact yet flexible when it is squeezed. Replace them if they feel brittle or too soft.
3. CHECKING YOUR COOLANT
Having your coolant or anti-freeze checked is very important, as it keeps your engine from freezing in cold weather. Before the winter comes, make sure your vehicle’s coolant is not low and there is no leak in your engine that may cause the coolant to drain out. Auto mechanics recommends drivers to use 50/50-mix of coolant and water in their radiators, which often results in low engine freezing point than just coolant itself.
4. CHECKING YOUR TIRE CONDITION
Make sure you check always the condition of your tires, spinning out in the slippery snow and ending up in ditch is not the best method to find out that your tires need to be replaced. Do not delay this as your safety depends on tire traction and winter tires tend to run out of supply once the snow starts to fall.
If your area has occasional snow, a set of new all-season tires should work fine. Check always for highly-rated tires that last for long time and has high stability. Note that changing all 4 tires at once is the safest and highly recommended.
And if you are living in the areas where there is always snow and ice, you may want to consider buying the dedicated tires for winter which is mounted on low-cost steel wheels.
Make sure to always keep your tires properly inflated to maintain and prolong the life of your tires. Huge drop in temperature signify your tires will lose air, because the pressure of the tires decreases with the thermometer.
Finally, always remember to have your roadside emergency kit in your car at all times.
5. CHECKING YOUR LIGHTS
It is very important to always check all your vehicle’s lights, and make sure they are working perfectly. If a bulb is not functioning, fix it before the winter season starts and in case there is snow covering the exterior of your lights, make sure to remove them before you start your car and drive off anywhere. If your headlights are foggy or yellow, you may want to consider replacing them or try out some of the restoration products available in the market which is more affordable than getting your headlights replaced.
Safe Driving Everyone! Cheers! 🙂
Raseal Motors FZCO