Winter care to your vehicle is important. The winter weather can cause damage to all parts of vehicles over time, especially when the temperatures dip well below zero. Everything is affected in the winter. Anything that is made by metal will shrink in cold temperatures. There are several ways the cold can affect and damage your car. The most important thing is to not to ignore the fluids.
In cold temperatures, the fluids like the oil, antifreeze, and transmission fluid, become thicker, which causes the fluids to move less freely. This is similar to how a bottle of maple syrup would look. It is recommended to start the car for 10 to 15 minutes in below-freezing temperatures to warm it up. It is also a good idea to change your fluids before temperatures plummet, and to make sure the fluids are at the proper levels. Winter care should be done regularly, so your vehicle operates well.
Remember the Battery
During a cold stretch, the battery could die as a result of cold weather. When temperatures plummet, your car’s battery works harder to start the car because its starting capacity is reduced in below-freezing weather. If the battery is three or four years old, it may need to be replaced.
Check the Tires
In extreme temperatures, the air in the tires can fluctuate. In cold temps, tire pressure can decrease at rest and increase when the car is moving. If the tire pressure light comes on, inspect the tires. Driving with low – or too much – tire pressure can lead to uneven wear and a shortened lifespan for the tire. It can also lead to a tire blowout on the road.
Snow is not the only problem drivers deal with on the roads. In order to melt all of the snow, road crews use salt. Salt can stick to your car’s metal components and, if left there, can cause them to corrode, especially the undercarriage, brakes and wheel wells. You can take your vehicle to a car wash so it remove the salt and road grime for you.