The Most Common Winter Car Failures

December 16, 2020 10:49 am Published by

Winter weather can be extremely taxing on your vehicle both mechanically and physically. Cold temperatures can cause the fluids in your vehicle to begin to freeze, can cause your engine to lose strength, and can heavily tax the electrical systems in your vehicle. You can easily get your car or truck ready for the cold temperatures of winter with just a few simple projects. If you would like to learn more about how you can take your car care into your hands come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get all the parts you need to handle any project for the best prices in town. Here are three things to watch out for this winter to make sure that your car or truck keeps running great all winter long.

Check Your Battery

Cold temperatures can cause mayhem for many of your vehicle components, but few parts are more impacted by the cold than your vehicle’s battery. Cold temperatures can cause your battery to lose a large portion of its ability to hold a charge. According to AAA, when temperatures reach 32°F your battery loses 30% of its ability to hold a charge. This gets even worse as temperatures dip, with your battery losing up to 60% of its charge when temperatures drop below 0°F. Make sure that you take the time to check your battery’s charge before freezing temperatures take a hold, as a battery at 50% charge can easily freeze solid at just -10°F. You can easily check your battery’s charge with a simple voltmeter. If your battery is between 12.8-12.4 volts, you should be good to last through the winter, any lower and you should think about changing out your battery before it gets any colder.

Check Your Fluids

Take the time now to check all of your fluids to make sure that you have enough of all of the essentials. From your oil to your transmission fluid and wiper fluid, all of your fluids will be taxed during the winter. Most of these fluids have easy to read gauges, though you will need to check your oil using your dipstick. If you are going to be storing your vehicle for the winter, make sure that you add a fuel stabilizer to your tank as un-stabilized fluids can freeze up and rupture your fuel lines, causing serious damage to your engine.

Check Your Tires

Your tires are extremely important in the winter. With snow, rain, sleet, and leaves coating the roads throughout the winter, your grip on the road is going to be more limited than ever. Take the time now to check your tires and make sure that you have enough tread to make it through the ice and snow. All you will need to do this is a simple quarter. Take your quarter and insert it with Washington’s head facing down into your treads. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, you need to change out your tires.

If you would like to learn more about winter car care, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our helpful and friendly staff will help you get all the parts and tips you need to easily handle any DIY car care projects.


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This post was written by Jonathan Kling