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It’s that time where weather plummets to the single digits. Your car will barely start and things take a while to heat up. Whether your car is in a garage (not heated) or exposed to the elements your car is affected by the harsh weather and you need to be sure to frequently check it for any issues overall. If you have a heated garage…you should be in good shape. This goes for EV and gas-powered vehicles. Diesel powered vehicles is a no brainer with the gas containing the oil mixed. If you own one you should already be aware of the effects of cold weather and what to do.
When air in your tires gets colder, it contracts and has less pressure. Tires correspondingly become underinflated. Check tire pressure once a week and most smart cars will tell you when your tires are low. If your tread is low it may be a good idea to look into a new set. Deflated tires can be seen as giving better traction but vehicle manufacturers do not recommend going below the pressure recommended.
Low temperatures slow the battery chemistry. This results in less energy for acceleration. It takes more energy to keep the battery at a good operating temperature, and a little more energy to keep you warm inside the cabin. This results in less efficient performance. Be aware that you may have less energy than you think in the Winter months.
Oil simply thickens in the winter and your car struggles to move it through the system usually around 20 degrees. Low-viscosity oil (synthetic oil) is recommended in the Winter. Read your owner’s manual, as the manufacturer may specify an oil weight for cold-weather operation. Warm your car before driving it so the oil has time to heat up and have better circulation.
Batteries are notorious for dying in the Winter. Be sure to have it checked out by your local Mechanics shop. Replace batteries that are over 3 years old. Check for corrosion and carry jumper cables or a jump start battery for back up. For those in super cold climates look into a battery warmer.
You are pretty safe here unless you are in seriously in an area that has is 100 below zero degrees in temps. However, if you have moisture in your lines or any water content inside the fuel tank, that water can freeze and clog fuel pickup. Keep your tank no lower than ½ full at all times in the cold climates.
The cold can affect liquid crystal display (LCD) screens in the Winter and they can become dim or lethargic. Similar to the engine’s oil and the battery’s electrolyte, molecules in liquid crystals slow down when the temperatures drop. Waiting for the car to warm up is the best option to eliminate this issue.
This won’t work well if your cars water to antifreeze ratio is not the same. It’s a good practice to have engine coolant that is made for colder climates. Check your coolents freeze point at your local mechanics shop and be sure that your antifreeze/water mix is accurate for Winter months. You can do it yourself as well with a refractometer. The norm is your car’s coolant should be flushed and refilled at least every two years. Ask your mechanic what’s best for your vehicle.
Check for cracked belts, seatbelts, etc to be sure that Winter does not get the best of them. I you see any small spider like cracks then it’s recommended to change any of these belts so they don’t get too brittle in the Winter and break.
Be sure to check your defrost is functioning. You won’t be going anywhere if it isn’t. Winter months are hard on all parts of your car so make sure all defrosting and general heating functions in your vehicle are in working order. Without it your windshield may fog up even if your windshield was ok when you started your drive.
Do you need answers to your cars winter wear and tear? Call your local auto body shop to see if they can help you get your car maintenance during those harsh winter months.
Spirit West Rapid Refinish, established in 2011, was formed to focus on providing quality service for customers who are paying out of pocket for automobile repairs and streamline the workflow volume.
Spirit West Rapid Refinish take great pride with teamwork and our commitment to making sure our team receives training on the latest innovative state-of-the-art equipment and collision repair techniques.
We are proud to say our team is family, and we treat our customers like family too. Whether you need minor collision repair services, bumper repair or vehicle paint, give us a call today (636) 386-8060 to see how we can restore your vehicle to its original factory finish or stop by the shop 14643 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm closed 12pm-1pm daily.
Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.