Ace Auto Mechanic Shows You 5 Ways To Get Your Vehicle Winter Ready
Depending where you live in the country you could be in for a cold, snowy, and wet winter. If you live in an area where the temperatures drop below freezing you know how fast the roads can become slippery, and ice over.
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Fortunately most Departments Of Transportation are pretty fast about depositing salt, and sand on the roads. The bad part about that is it can spell rust spots for your vehicle.
It’s critical to get your car Winter Ready to keep it looking good, and to protect you from the harsh weather. Have you ever left your vehicle for a few hours only to return and find the place you left it is now a hockey rink?
Getting your vehicle Winter Ready is the best thing you can do to be prepared for those days of snow and ice that will follow.
Here are 8 ways to get your car Winter Ready. Don’t wait on these things, do them ASAP to prevent a problem later.
1- Windshield Wiper Blades– Inspect and replace front and back wiper blades, make sure your car has a type of subzero wiper fluid. It’s very difficult to see where you’re driving when your windows have snow or ice on them. The window washer fluid will be beneficial if a car passes you and splatters slush all over your windshield. Windshield washer also helps to melt the ice on the windshields.
2-Check Your Tire Pressure– When the temperatures rise and fall, so does the air pressure in your tires. If your tires are not operating at the correct amount of your air pressure, your traction may not be as stable on snow covered roads and that could cause you to slide off the road or into another car.
3- Check Belts and Hoses– Your cars belts and hose can crack during cold weather. If your fan belt goes, or a hose blows it could result in your engine overheating which can cause damage to your engine. Repairing your engine will cost a lot more to repair than it would have to replace any belts or hoses. In addition, if you’re out on the road when a belt or hose goes you may find yourself stranded.
4- Check Heater and Defrosting Units– If your heater is on the fritz not only are you going to be cold driving to work you run the risk of getting frostbite, it only takes a few minutes of extreme cold weather to cause frostbite even with a pair of gloves on. If your defrosting units are not working properly, you’re going to have a hard time seeing out your frost covered window.
5- Check Antifreeze Levels– Antifreeze is your car engine coolant, if your car overheats there is a good chance it will break down. You can check the antifreeze yourself in a few easy steps. Always make sure your engine is cold (to prevent severe burns), locate the radiator, remove the cap and look in the whole, it it is low, you can use an antifreeze ball tester to make sure you have a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water, once you have the right mixture poor it in the radiator.
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