Yes, that is winter knocking on our door but first, let’s get through the Fall. Fall is the time to get your or those winter road trips to the relatives’ house for the holidays. Breaking down in the snow or heavy rain is not fun at all! Here are few things to make sure you do a Winter Car Maintenance before winter hits!
CHECK THE TIRE PRESSURE
Check your owner manual on what the tire pressure needs to be and next time you are at the gas station put some air in them if low. During the winter you don’t want your tire pressure to drop too much but it will because of the low temperature. A car’s tire pressure can alter by almost 1p.s for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change. Be extra careful in colder climates and below zero temperatures.
GET WINTER TIRES
If you drive in snow, then it is essential to change your regular tires with a proper set of winter tires. Ice on the road is typical so you should have the traction you need for your area. There are tires designed for the harsh winter conditions when the increased traction is essential.
CHECK YOUR BATTERY
In cold weather, your battery might not work very well so make sure you clean any corrosion that is on the posts and connections. Before going on a trip get a full battery checkup at your local dealership service department. It is no fun to be stuck with a dead battery in the middle of snow or rain.
GAS TANK NEEDS TO BE HALF FILLED
During the fall and winter seasons, it is recommended that the gas tank of your car must be at least half filled all the time. The reason for this is, so the gas lines don’t get frozen or clogged. Making sure the tank is full is even better but who does that, having a half tank of gas is enough.
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM
Oil seems to get thick during colder seasons so make sure the oil you are using can withstand cold temperatures. Get an oil change in October or November to make sure you are ready for the winter. Take a look at the owner manual and find out the type of oil your car can take during the winter.