Monday, September 11, 2017

Winter Car Problems

With the cold weather coming it's time to start thinking about the effects it can have on your car. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong. Some people just think about the road conditions and not how it can wreak havoc on your car. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the problems you could have. 

Snow and ice are probably the most common ones. Snow can blur your vision and get you stuck however if a snow drift on a building falls on your parked car, it can cause serious body damage. Snow can weigh a lot when it is accumulated. Ice can cause you to slip and slide on the roads. You should use snow tires to minimize losing control of your car. 

Your engine may experience problems in the cold. Your spark plugs don't work as well. The hoses are more likely to break during the cold weather. They get cold and can crack. Your battery might not work as well. The cold can drain your car battery and leave you stranded. Keep some jumper cables in your trunk in case you need a little help starting. Take your car to the car dealership for a tuneup.

Another problem you can have in the cold is your car fluids may freeze or get clogged. It's important to have functioning windshield wipers and fluids. It's hard to see without them. In the cold your oil, antifreeze or brake fluids can thicken and make it hard to get to the right places in your car. 

Even your tires can be at risk during winter. If they get too cold, it can change your tire pressure. If your tires are not properly inflated, the treads will not work right. Checking your tire pressure is always a good idea. 

Parking in a garage can help lessen some of these issues. Sitting overnight outside can really make your car exposed to the elements. Always take your car for a tune up to prevent problems later. 

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