How to Get Your Car Ready for Cold Weather

How to Get Your Car Ready for Cold Weather

The cold weather is coming and it calls for extra care for your vehicle.  The snow, rain and ice present challenges to drivers as well as their vehicles. Here we have presented you with a few tips on how to get your car ready for chilly weather. 

Get the Brakes Inspected 

With snow and ice on the road, you need your car’s brakes to work efficiently while driving the car in cold weather. We suggest that you get the brakes inspected by a professional. The garage professional will suggest what, if anything, need repairs and what needs to be replaced.  Get any brake repairs done before cold weather sets in. 

Check the Battery 

Car batteries lose efficiency with time and the normal life expectancy of a car battery is around four to six years. However, there are other factors like driving habits, vehicle model and make and weather conditions that determine how long the battery will last. According to battery experts, cold weather can mean death for old batteries. Car batteries lose 60 percent efficiency at 0°F. Get your battery checked by a professional. If they suggest a battery replacement, get it done before cold weather arrives. 

Check the Coolant 

Coolant in the radiator prevents the engine from freezing in cold weather. However, you need the right water to antifreeze ratio for optimal protection to the engine. The recommended ratio of coolant to water for cold weather is 60/40. If you live in an area that has moderate or heavy snowfall, you need more antifreeze in the radiator. For colder regions, the recommended ratio of coolant to water is 70/30.

Apply a Wax Coat

Snow, ice road salt can damage the car’s paint. The wax coat acts as a protective layer between the painted surface and damaging elements of the cold weather.  You need to apply a wax coat on your vehicle before cold weather arrives.

Check Important Fluids 

Engine oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid are important fluids in your car. You need to ensure all fluid levels are at the recommended levels. Check the car owner’s manual for the engine oil viscosity for cold weather. During cold weather, the engine oil thickens and does not flow easily. The result is that there is not adequate lubrication for the engine components, which can cause premature wear and tear. Hence, you need to get engine oil with the right viscosity that will provide adequate lubrication even when temperatures fall below zero. 

Refill the Windshield Wiper Fluid 

The washer fluid in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir can freeze when temperatures drop.  You need to get antifreeze wiper fluid to make sure your windshield stays clean this winter.

Check the Tire Pressure

As temperatures drop, the air pressure in tires also falls. Hence, you need to check and maintain recommended air pressure in all tires. 

With the right preventive care before the arrival of cold weather, your car will look good and run great throughout winter. If you are not confident of performing these maintenance checks by yourself, take your vehicle to a garage for preventive winter care.