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October 29, 2018 in Tips
As the mercury plummets, don’t let your vehicle fall victim to cooler temperatures. There are many things you can do to keep your automobile performing at optimal levels during the colder days ahead. Here are our Top 5 Tips!
Cooler temperatures reduce your battery’s cranking power. Be sure to check your battery by removing the plastic caps on the top and checking the fluid levels. For more information, you can also refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
If the fluid is low, add distilled water. If you are fortunate enough to have a maintenance-free battery, simply check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state. If your battery is more than five years old, or if it exhibits signs of weakness or deterioration, it is time to replace it.
Often times wiper blades are overlooked until it is too late. Even the best-performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months, causing streaks or missed expanses of glass.
You can extend the life or your wiper blades by cleaning the rubber edge of the blade occasionally with a paper towel and glass cleaner. It is recommended that you replace wiper blades as often as twice per year.
Take a few extra minutes before travel and clean your windows. If your windows are dirty, you are obstructing your view putting everyone at risk.
Use an ice scraper on frosty mornings when necessary. If you park outside, it helps to place the wipers in the raised position when it’s going to snow overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield.
Dirt, mud, and salt residue are commonly kicked up off the roadways during travel. Therefore, it’s likely that you’ll be using your windshield washers frequently. Be sure to keep your windshield-washer fluids topped off with a winter-blend washer solution that contains an antifreeze agent.
Motor oil will thicken when the temperatures drop. Without proper oil, your engine will surely take a beating and may not even turn over. Not all oil is created equally. Generally, you should be using multi-viscosity oil that has a “W” in the viscosity index, signifying that it’s formulated for winter use. Typical formulas that are recommended for modern engines include 5W-20, 5W-30, and 10W-30, which provide good oil flow at low temperatures and can often be used year-round. You should also always have your oil filtered check to ensure it is properly functioning at every oil change.
You don’t want to find out your tires are worn out the hard way. Your vehicles should have tires that visually exhibit good tread for the traction you need on wet or snowy pavement.
A set of all-season tires should do the job in our area. Look for a highly rated set that has performed well in our snow-traction and ice-braking tests and keep in mind when replacing tires, it’s safest to replace all four tires at one time.
You say your tires are in good shape, but are they properly inflated? Cooler temperatures will cause your tires to lose air, because tire pressure declines with the thermometer.
For helpful advice or to learn more about our services, contact A.U.T.O. Collision at 801.568.0305 or visit the shop at 215 West 9210 South, Sandy, Utah 84070. We are here to serve you Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30pm.
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