9 Steps To Winterizing Your Vehicle!

November 23rd, 2015



1.       Coolant flush/test- This is one of the most important things an individual can do to prevent further EXPENSIVE! Damage to their vehicle. If you have bad coolant or it doesn’t test well to -34 degrees it could cause damage to your coolant system. If it does test bad -20 to 10 degrees what that means is you have a coolant/water ratio that is off. Meaning you have to much water in your system and not enough coolant. IF you have to much water it can freeze and cause your head to crack which is caused by water freezing and very hot temperatures from the engine and can cause it to crack, also sacrificing winter and summer performance.

2.     Wiper Blades- This is a very inexpensive purchase considering the possibility of bad outcomes. It is vital to be able to see when driving. With a warm temperature inside the vehicle and a cold temperature outside the vehicle fog and ice buildup can occur. If you don’t have a good wiper on the vehicle to wipe it off, it could make it difficult to see when driving. Therefore a good wiper is a must.

3.     Windshield Washer Fluid- Your vehicle in the summer has a water concentrated mix to wipe off bugs or debris that get on your windshield. If you keep the same highly concentrated water mix in your system, it can again like the coolant freeze where it wouldn’t be able to work. It also can cause damage to the plastic reservoir causing it to crack, also the potential of burning up the washer fluid motor if you aren’t aware of the freezing.

4.     Battery- If you live in a cold climate where it is constantly below freezing, having a good battery is a must. If you don’t you risk being stranded inside a freezing cold car BURRRR!!! The battery has cells in it with acid. If the acid is bad it can cause those cells to freeze up, so having a good battery will prevent that from happening.

5.     Tires- If you don’t have proper tire pressure in your vehicle it can cause bad performance and handling. It also can prematurely wear the tires out. Also having good tread is a MUST, if you don’t have good tread, stopping and going can be difficult. Two things to remember 1. Four Wheel drive is only good when starting to go, it does not help you stop. 2. Your brakes are only as good as what your tires are. Snow tires are designed technologically to help with this sever weather climate. A lot of consumers say that’s an extra cost I don’t need, however it averages out to be about the same as a $500 deductible and possible bodily harm if you didn’t have them. This isn’t going to absolutely stop accidents from happening but it significantly reduces the risks. Snow tires are the same price as all season tires.

6.     Gas- Keeping a full tank of gas will help with buildup of condensation with in the fuel line which could cause damage to your fuel system. It can cause fuel pump/filter, plugs, wires and injector failures, which can be costly to fix. If you can keep a full tank, it can prevent a lot of possible damage.

7.     Block heater- Block heaters are designed to keep your oil warm and flowing when your vehicle sits for a period of time in severe cold weather. This is a lot easier on start up, and the warmer the oil is the faster is it to get to the engine components that require oil to run.

8.       Oil- Having the proper oil in your engine is HUGE!!! If you are running the wrong weight of oil, it can take longer for the vehicle on start up to get to the engine components. For example: running a 10W30 is only good to 0 degrees, a 5W-30 is good to -60 degrees, as long as you don’t change the viscosity of the oil your engine will be ok meaning 10W-30 is great for summer and 5W-30 is best for winter. There is also a difference between types of oil that you want to pay attention to, weather you go with a standard conventional or full synthetic. They are separated by the clinginess of the oil and the base oils. Your synthetic oil is going to have your best operating temps on startup, best protection in cold and hot weather, protect against greater engine wear, and have better flow.

9.      Survival Kit- If one of these fails and you do happen to get stranded, your life is very important. Every vehicle should have an emergency car kit. Consisting of these items. 1. Heavy Blanket 2. Candles 3. Water proof matches 4. First Aid Kit 5. Food and Water 6. Jumper Cables 7. Flashlight    8. Extra Gallon of coolant.

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