Now that winter is upon us, it’s time to make sure that you take the necessary measures to avoid any car-related problem, that’s a must, especially if you have a busy calendar and the pandemic won’t make it any easier. You can always go and book a car repair service via App or online to make the task for you, it’s better and safer to get a professional to do the job, but if you think you can do it, without further ado, here are Winter Car Maintenance Tips to get you through to spring.
How well your car performs – how it turns, and stops are directly related to the condition of your tires. It’s relatively easy to check the condition of your tires yourself, and it’s a good habit to check the health of your tires now and then.
Visual inspection of the tire tread will give you some vital information on the general tire wear on your car. For example, uneven tread wear, such as the center of the tread is worn, but not the edges indicate that your tire pressure is incorrect. Unusual wear patterns on the edge of the tire may indicate that the tires are out of alignment, balance, or a problem with the suspension of the vehicle. The moment the mercury decreases under 45-degrees Fahrenheit, the tire’s capacity to grip the road decreases significantly. Check the weekly tire pressure. On slippery and icy surfaces, driving on under-inflated tires can cause loss of traction. With every 10-degree drop in temperature, your tires lose a pound of pressure.
Your brakes form an integral component of your vehicle’s safety features and are extremely important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads. The worst time to find out your brakes are worn out is when you need to stop abruptly. Encountering standing water on the road and driving through puddles of slush will inadvertently increase your stopping distance, thus the distance your car needs to come to a complete halt will be bigger than anticipated. When your brake pads are worn out and due to be changed, the effectiveness of your braking will be dramatically reduced, increasing the risk of you being in an accident. It is advisable to get your brakes inspected, as well as also checking if the brake fluid needs topping up this winter.
Defrosters, Heaters and The Wiper Blades
Make sure your heating and air conditioning system is up to standard. Not only is this for your comfort, but it’s also important this system is in good working order as it helps with the important task of defrosting the windshield in extreme temperatures. It is also important to take a look at your wiper blades the worse thing is to have a smeared windshield because of torn wiper blades. These should be replaced every six months without fail, and don’t forget to check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir. It is also advisable to start protecting your windshields whippers against the elements. If you park your car outdoors, keep the wipers in an elevated position to prevent the windshield from freezing. To remove snow, ice, or frost from the windshield, never use your wiper blades; try using a scraper for ice instead.
Have Your Battery Checked.
As the weather gets colder, your vehicle needs more energy to get started. The cold weather puts a larger drain on the battery, and if you have an old or out-of-charge battery, it may not provide the proper voltage your vehicle needs to start. So to make sure that your car can start all winter, get your battery tested. Get a reputable garage to check your battery for you and replace it if necessary. Getting a professional to inspect your battery for any corrosion, loose connector cables, leakage, and total battery life will give you peace of mind.
Check Your Lights
This is a simple task that we can all do, just walk around your vehicle with your lights turned on. Check headlights, taillights, parking lights, brake lights, and emergency flashers. If you notice any broken bulbs, just get them replaced by your dealership. Remember that your visibility will be of greater importance during the Fall/Winter storms.
The tips we listed make up a pretty comprehensive car maintenance checklist of components that will be vital to make it through to spring. Do remember to make sure you keep your fuel tank half full. During unpredictable weather, it’s advisable to keep your reserve of fuel at least at half of the tank, in case of an emergency or if you get stuck in a snowy region.