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Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Winter’s harsh weather conditions can be cruel to your car. Winterizing your vehicle is an essential practice to keep your vehicle in top condition during the colder months. Here are some tips to prepare your car for facing the winter road conditions.

Winterizing the Car’s Mechanics

Check the Thermostat

You certainly don’t want to enter a cabin that is not heating up due to a faulty thermostat. The thermostat is a vital component that facilitates the movement of the engine coolant and helps to release warm air. This component can malfunction in colder temperatures or in cars that are not used often.

Check The Cabin Air Filter

You will also need to make sure your car’s heater is in excellent condition. Does your engine make a screeching noise when turning on the fan? Or is the air inside your vehicle refusing to warm up? If so, then it’s time to replace the cabin air filters. These filters keep pollen, dirt and other air particles from entering your car’s cabin. Ensuring that this filter in excellent health is vital for breathing clean air inside your vehicle.

Don’t Forget to Check These Things, Too

Remember that a drop in temperatures can drain the power from your battery. In addition, your car will need more battery power to start during winter. Check your battery’s health to prevent breakdowns. Consider installing a battery above 600 CCA for optimal winter performance.

The antifreeze to water ratio of your car's cooling system must be 70:30 or 50:50. Remember to use the right antifreeze for your vehicle. Also, consult an expert to understand the appropriate coolant-to-water ratio for preventing corrosion and freezing.

Also, make a note to check on your car’s transmission fluid. These fluids perform an array of jobs like cooling the engine, lubricating the gears and protecting the interior metal. You may consult the owner’s manual for the frequency of transmission services.

Winterizing the Car’s Exterior

Replace the Wiper Blades

Skid marks or scratching noises on your windows are a sign that you need to replace the wiper blades. Consider installing winter wipers that come equipped with rubber. This extra coating prevents ice from accumulating on the blades. But these wipers are heavier than your regular ones. So keeping them on every time will increase the load on your wiper motor.

Consider Snow Tires

Does your work have you regularly trek through the snow? Then consider installing snow tires for your vehicle. All-season tires are not recommended because they have decreased traction during winter. Winter tires have special compounds that prevent the hardening of rubber in cold temperatures. They also provide superior traction on snow, ice and dry pavement. Once the temperature warms up, you can switch back to non-snow tires for improved efficiency.

Protect the Paint

While car wash can protect your car’s paint, it can also cause damage. So, it is essential to understand which solutions and fabric are right for washing. Stubborn spots on your car may need some hand-washing. Soft, microfiber cloth is recommended in this case. Waxing is also great for protecting your car’s paint during the winter months. Apply a layer of wax after the car wash to help liquids roll off your car’s surface.

Freezing winter temperatures can wreak havoc on your car. So, it’s time to start with these checks before the temperature begins to drop. These tips will prep your vehicle for winter and ensure superior performance while even in harsh weather.


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