Winter is the harshest season on your car, making it more important than ever to properly maintain your vehicle. In addition to the suggestions you may find in your owner’s manual, there are a few things you can do to help winterize your car, such as changing your oil, antifreeze, wipers, checking your battery, and getting snow tires.
These are just some of the things you can do to prepare for the winter weather. Stop by Pfeiffer Used today to have your vehicle serviced by a professional. We can not only winterize your car, but our trained technicians can also check for any other issues your car might have.
Oil gets thicker as the thermometer dips, so you should switch to oil with lower viscosity (or thickness). If your oil is too thick, it will take longer to reach important engine parts. By switching to thinner oil during the winter, you can keep oil flowing freely.
In addition to changing oil, you should check your antifreeze, also known as coolant. Coolant does exactly what it sounds like—it cools your engine to keep it from overheating. However, you need to have the proper mixture of antifreeze and water (usually a 50/50 mix) to ensure your coolant doesn’t freeze. A frozen engine block can be catastrophic, so be sure to check your coolant/antifreeze mixture.
If you haven’t changed your wipers in a while, be sure to get new ones before the winter hits. Additionally, you should check your battery to make sure that it’s working properly. Cold weather can be hard on electrical components, so you should have a professional check the charge of your battery.
Winter tires are made with a special rubber compound that doesn’t get too hard in cold weather, and they also come with deep treads for added grip. Many winter tires also have special ridges to divert water and sludge as well, preventing hydroplaning. If you don’t have winter tires already, you should consider buying them before the cold weather hits – even all-season tires don’t always hold up against the icy cold weather.
Do It Yourself: DIY Maintenance
Make it a complete DIY project and service your vehicle at home! These checks can easily be done with just a few steps and will be complete in no time. Check another item off of your spring cleaning list today.
If you need help or have questions, stop by Pfeiffer Used today!