How To Get Your Car Ready For Cold WeatherOctober 30, 2020 1:38 pm
Winter weather can be extremely taxing on your vehicle, and if you live in an area where temperatures regularly drop below freezing, you need to take the steps now to prepare your vehicle. If your vehicle is unprepared, you can easily get stranded in cold weather, lose traction on the road, or have your engine seize up. You want to take the appropriate steps to keep your vehicle safe and secure in the cold, but bringing your vehicle into the shop for these simple checks can really add up. You can easily save yourself hundreds, if not thousands of dollars every year by simply taking a few hours a month to make simple maintenances and changes to your vehicle. If you would like to learn more about how you can take your vehicle’s health and maintenance into your own hands come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get all the parts and tips you need for the best prices in town. Here are three easy ways that you can get your vehicle ready for the cold weather of fall and winter.
Snow Tires vs. All-Weather Tires
One of the most important decisions you will have to make to prepare for the cold weather is whether you will use snow tires or all-weather tires. Snow tires are built and designed to thrive in cold and icy conditions. They are made out of a softer material that can handle the cold temperatures of winter while allowing the flex needed to properly grip the road in corners. This material is extremely beneficial in cold and treacherous conditions but can become very brittle if driven on warm roads. The softer rubber will easily shred under these conditions, causing your tires to fail much more frequently. If you only get 1-3 snowfalls every winter that doesn’t stick on the road long, you may want to consider using all-weather tires for the winter. All-weather tires are the jack-of-all-trades of tires, functioning well in both clear and inclement weather. Keep in mind that these tires have less give than their cold-weather counterparts so they will not have the same grip on cold roads.
Change Your Oil
We recommend that car owners change their oil twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. This ensures that your engine is properly lubricated and that no parts are rubbing together causing friction and heat. Engine oil that is left in your vehicle for too long can coagulate and thicken, making it harder for your engine to function which in turn hurts your gas mileage and can even cause massive engine failures.
Inspect Your Heater
No one likes feeling frozen to their steering wheel first thing in the morning, and the best way to avoid this unpleasantness is by inspecting your heating system. Most modern heating systems rely on your car’s computer to regulate the cabin temperature appropriately, though older vehicles will still use a mechanical system, which is much easier to fix. Take the time to review your owners’ manual to see how your heater works, what systems you can test, and common signs of heater failure.
You can easily handle all these DIY mechanical projects and more with tips and parts from your local U Pull And Pay. Our friendly and helpful employees will help walk you through any questions you may have to make sure that you leave our facilities feeling fully confident that you can handle any DIY project.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling