The cold frigid air can put a lot of stress on your vehicle. Our team here at Turn Key Truck & Auto have a few tips to help prevent you from being stranded in severe weather or getting into an accident because of not being able to see through your ice-cold windows.
The battery on your vehicle is most sensitive when it comes to single digit or below zero temperatures. Therefore, it’s important to check your battery often during the cold months. To do this, remove the plastic caps on top of the battery and check the fluid level. You want to be sure that it meets the standard as shown in your owner’s manual. Add distilled water if your battery is reading low fluid. You can also bring it into Turn Key Truck & Auto and we can test your battery for you. We will let you know if the battery needs to be replaced or simply needs a charge.
Check the weather the night before. If it is supposed to snow, be sure to keep your wipers raised to prevent them from freezing on to your windshield overnight. Also, check your windshield washer fluid every few days. We recommend that you get a washer solution that also contains an antifreeze agent.
Get yourself an ice scraper that you can use on those mornings where your car windows are completely covered in ice. While you are scraping your car windows, warm up the engine and make sure the heated air is directed toward the windshield in defrost mode to prevent the windows from fogging up. If you need to repair your wipers, feel free to make an appointment.
Your engine takes a beating during the winter months, especially if you’re not monitoring it as often as you should. Motor oil becomes thick when temperatures drop, which ultimately makes it more difficult for your engine to run. You want to check your vehicle owner’s manufacturer manual for your car’s recommended oil amount. During the winter, you also want to use multi-viscosity oil that shows a “W” in the index. If you’re bringing your car in for an oil change, have the oil filter replaced as well.
Your vehicle’s tires are the most stressed during the winter months. People are more prone to spinning out and getting into an accident if their tires are worn down. Try to get new tires before the winter hits. Research different tire types and shop around. These tires have certain tread patterns and rubber material that is designed to grip snow and ice to help prevent you for slipping and sliding.