The wintertime can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Between the freezing-cold temperatures it will have to endure every time you start it up and the snowy and icy conditions that often come along with the colder months, your car, truck, or SUV will have to work extra hard to make it through the winter. Check out a few steps you can take to make life a little easier on your vehicle once the temperature drops.
Check your antifreeze levels and adjust accordingly.
As its name would suggest, the antifreeze in your vehicle is specifically designed to prevent your engine from freezing up in the winter. So you need to make sure you have enough antifreeze in your car at all times. It’s a good idea to check your antifreeze levels at the beginning of the winter and then keep a close eye on it every few weeks. Running a car without antifreeze is a big no-no and could be catastrophic if you aren’t careful.
Monitor your tire pressure.
When it starts to get cold outside, you might notice that your tires look like they’re losing air. That isn’t your imagination playing tricks on you. The cold air outside can affect your tire pressure significantly, so you should check your tire pressure every so often to make sure you have the ideal amount of air in them. A simple tire pressure gauge can tell you whether you could use more air in your tires. You should also inspect your tire tread to see if it’s almost time to replace your tires altogether to improve their performance on the road.
Consider switching to a winter-grade oil and winter windshield wiper fluid.
Unfortunately, many drivers don’t realize this, but you really shouldn’t use the same oil and windshield wiper fluid in the winter as you do in the summer. There are oils and windshield wiper fluids that perform better during the winter months. Ask your mechanic about switching to them when you get an oil change at the beginning of the winter.
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