During the winter, Jack Frost tends to unleash his wrath upon the world at any given moment, wreaking havoc on anyone or anything that gets in his way. Your car isn’t excluded from this frigid attack, so to make sure you protect your car this winter—not to mention get optimal performance out of it—we’ve come up with a few ways you can winterize your car, ensuring the Michigan weather won’t stop you from getting where you need to go.
Keep an eye on your battery and fluids. Nothing ruins a day like being stuck in the bitter cold, waiting for a tow truck because your car’s battery died. Make sure your battery and its charging system are in working order this winter to prevent the worst from happening. The colder the weather, the more work your battery is going to get, making it more likely to stop working. Also, cold weather washer fluid is a must-have when the frigid temperatures come, so make sure your levels of the fluid are perfect before you’re stuck without it!
Bring your car in for its annual tune-up. Dirty oil, shoddy brakes, and dying headlights are all potential hazards in the cold weather. Getting your oil changed at the right time each time will keep your car in top order under the hood. Also have the mechanics check your tires—the lower the tread, the less traction you’ll have on the road. Add bad brakes to the mix, and you’ve got yourself some trouble. It’s hard enough driving on icy roads with good brakes and tires—there’s no need to take the added risk with bad ones.
Check to see if you need to refill your anti-freeze. Antifreeze is some essential radiator juice that will keep your car running, so if you don’t have the proper level, you could have a real problem on your hands. There should be a full level of a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. Make sure you stop by a mechanic to check that you have the proper mix or buy a tester for $5 at your local auto shop. This will ensure that your mixture is as close to 50/50 as possible.
Make sure your tires are full. Deflated tires can really deflate your day, especially in the snowy weather. Some people may be surprised to know how much tires can affect your car’s performance. Not only does low tire pressure decrease your fuel efficiency, but it also decreases the traction that you have on the road, making it more likely that you’ll slip and slide in icy conditions.
These tips on how to properly winterize your car should help keep you a bit safer this winter season. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars!