It is important to keep your car healthy and strong so that it can make it to its full lifespan. There are many aspects to winterizing your vehicle for the colder months that can really improve your vehicles life.
The oil in your car's engine can change depending on temperatures outside. Because outside temperatures can effect the internal temperature of your engine, you need to use proper oil for weather conditions. If you live where temperatures get below freezing in the winter months, you will want to switch to thinner oil. If you run a 10W-30 in the summer, for example, try moving to a 5W-30 when changing your oil in the fall or winter.
The coolant in your vehicle is used for more than just keeping your engine from overheating. It is also used to protect your engine against corrosion. Before it gets too cold outside, be sure your coolant has ethylene glycol to help protect your engine. Every car takes a certain coolant to water ratio. For most vehicles, a winter ratio is 60% coolant to 40% water. Adjusting to this ration is an important step in winterizing your vehicle.
If you have any questions about the process of winterizing your vehicle, reach out to Benny Boyd Georgetownand we can get you in contact with one of our specialists who can walk you through it.
Preparing For The Cold
Cold Weather and Battery Capacity
Your vehicle's battery capacity is reduced by cold weather. Thoroughly inspecting these parts will help you make sure your car is winter ready:
Check battery cables for breaks or cracks
Terminals should fit tightly with no loose connections
Check your battery fluid by uncovering the refill hole. If level is below the bottom of the cap, refill with distilled water.
Turn off your engine to check the charge level in your battery. While inspecting your battery, look for the manufacture date. This will help you know when your battery will begin to lose charge and need replacing.
Replacing Your Tires
If you live in an area that’s covered with snow for most of the winter, you should swap your regular all-season tires out for snow tires. Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility in the bitterest of cold. Snow tires also have tread patterns specially designed to grip into snow and ice. Don’t get the wrong idea about snow tires. They won’t magically remove the chance of you slipping and sliding in your car, but they do provide more traction than the regular variety. Get the right kind of tire for your vehicle this winter, contact Benny Boyd Georgetown to speak to an expert.