What Should You Check For In Your Car Before The Winter Starts?
Climate change does not only affect us, it also affects our car, especially in massachusetts. Our aim is to get people across the country and especially Massachusetts to plan ahead of the inevitable winter, so that we won’t start to see some technical issues in our car during this time. Avoiding this is pretty easy; however, there are certain things one must do to keep the car well prepared for the winter season. Listed below are few things you want to take note of as the winter come closer, these advices are from more than 15 years of experience in the towing and automobile industry by Mass Towing Services specilists.
Special engine oil in winter time in Massachusetts: You car’s engine oil changes depending on how hot or cold your engine runs. Knowing that the cold temperature outside interferes with the internal temperature of your engine should make you consider using the proper oil at such conditions. For instance if your temperature drops below freezing in Massachusetts for example, you should consider using a less viscous oil, for specific oil change instructions or questions just call our office at - 1-844-MASS-TOW and we will answer and service what ever your car needs!
Engine coolant: the cooling system in your car is not only designed to cool your car and prevent it from overheating, it is also designed to protect your engine against corrosion. You might want to have a coolant with ethylene glycol to enhance the protection of your engine.
Cold weather affects battery capacity: We know for sure that your engine usually feels reluctant to start during summer and so is your battery! The battery capacity is reduced as a result of the cold weather. You might want to check your batter cables, terminals and fluid to be sure you battery is ready for the winter. It is advisable to read the level of charge of your battery and to do this you should switch off your engine. An handheld hydrometer is require to check the charge level of your battery and some batteries do come with an in-built hydrometer eye that tells you the amount of voltage running in you battery.
Snow tires: We’ve seen a number of vehicles slide off the road as a result of the iced road. You want to avoid every possible damage and accident that is likely to occur by having the necessary things in place and snow tires happen to be one of the most important. Driving through snow is very difficult and as well dangerous so it is advisable to change all your car tires to snow tires and this gives you a fair advantage over those who do not. This might as well save your care from some usual damage resulting from driving in the snow.
Prevent freezing out: your door locks might freeze out during winter and they might lead to key damage if you try to force them. This might not be strange if you live in a state like Massachusetts. The old way of taking care of such issue is using warm water but what do you do when you happen to be in a place far from home, where you might not find warm water? Look around in stores for glycerin; this can be used to de-ice your frozen door. Now you know what to do but what happens if you kept it in your car and the door got frozen? We can’t provide a specific solution for this but you want to keep it where you can easily access it even when your entire car door is frozen.
Brakes: You might want to have the brake system checked often. Breaks are very critical for your safety and that of your vehicle, especially when you are driving on icy and snow covered roads. This is highly recommended if you live in Massachusetts and the likes.
Wiper blades: cold weather might affect your windshield wiper; you might want to replace the rubber and brittle. Consider replacing cracked and blade that don’t clean your windshield properly. It is advisable to use special winter blade which keeps snow and ice out.
Vehicle gas level: it is strongly recommended to keep your vehicle gas tank at least half full to reduce the chances of moisture forming in your gas tank which could lead to freezing.
Examine belts and hoses: when you have most parts of your vehicle fixed, you want to check the belts and hoses for wear and tear. The fact that you have this all new modern car is not enough reason for you to skip this step, cold weather can do some damages on your belts and hoses regardless of how new your car is. Take note of this.
Stock your car: you don’t want to wait till winter catches you off guard before you get things done. It is advisable to have your car stocked with useful tools that could help during winter. You might consider tools like snow brush, glove, hat and many more. In some areas where it is likely to experience heavy snow storm like Massachusetts and the likes for example, that can get you stranded on the road, you want to have kits like blanket, crackers and some edible stuff that could possibly sustain you through until help comes. Take your own safety into your hands whenever you can.
Take precautions: yes you have done all that needs to be done to prepare your car for the winter but it will end up being such a waste of time if your car still gets damaged despite your effort to avoid such? It is strongly advised to drive with extreme caution, reduce your regular speed, maintain more distance from other vehicles and drive without distraction of cell phones or other devices as your vehicle might not quickly readjust due to the icy road. Prevention they say is better than cure!