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Five Helpful Tips to Winterize Your Car

Keegan Wetzel | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  cars-in-snow-005   It is important to make sure that you and your families are kept as safe and warm as possible during the colder months to come. Something that can be overlooked in the process of preparing for winter is making sure your car is also prepared for the potential adverse conditions to come. Failing to prepare your car for colder weather can lead to dead batteries, engine problems, and accidents. Follow these easy tips to protect your vehicle in the winter:
  • Check your tire tread depth and replace worn tires, if possible. Tires with tread depths of less than 2/32” should be replaced immediately, preferably with winter tires that will help the car handle easily in the ice and snow.
  • Make sure your battery has enough juice. Cold temperatures can cause your battery to operate at less than 50 percent efficiency, which might prevent your car from starting if it is cold enough and could add even more stress to your already busy schedule.
  • Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is rated for cold temperatures. Frozen fluid will clog up the lines and prevent use while driving.
  • The viscosity of oil—how thick it is—will change depending on its temperature. The colder oil is, the thicker it will become. Thick oil does not circulate through an engine as easily as thinner oil during startup. To reduce the risk of problems with your engine oil, place thinner oil in your engine before the cold weather season. Be sure to check your vehicle’s manual for the proper oil to use.
  • To avoid accelerated rusting from salt on the road, get car washes regularly throughout the winter.

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