Just like people, cars are more likely to have "health" issues in the winter. Here are seven tips from the car experts at Gold Eagle on keeping your car in good shape in cold weather.
1. Add Antifreeze in Freezing Temps- It’s important to try to keep as much moisture out of your fuel system as possible to avoid freezing. If the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it is possible for fuel line freeze-up to occur. Freezing occurs when water vapor mixes with residual fuel in the line. Adding a fuel treatment like HEET to your fuel tank can help to remove water from the fuel system to prevent gas-line freeze-up and harmful rust and corrosion.
2. Clean the Coolant System- To help prevent rust and prolong the life of your car’s radiator and pumps, make sure to take care of your coolant system. A regular cleaning will help to prevent deterioration.
3. Replenish Vital Fluids- Just like you should drink plenty of fluids to stay healthy, your car needs its fluids checked periodically. Simple precautions like replenishing a vehicle’s vital fluids can keep your car running its best in the winter months, even when it sits.
4. Check the Battery- You don’t want to get stuck out in the cold, literally. If your car has been sitting in the cold, make sure the battery starts. Turn off all the lights and anything else that draws electricity before starting the car. And remember to run the car for a few minutes in extremely cold weather. If you think you have an issue with your battery, follow proper protocols for testing it. When in doubt, take it to an expert to determine the problem.
5. Replace Wiper Blades- While it may seem minor, windshield wipers are one of the most important tools to help keep you safe in inclement weather. Dirty and worn down wiper blades can succumb to ice and other abrasive elements, keeping you from clearly seeing the road. It’s a good idea to replace your blades every 6 to 12 months, and with so many advanced options available, they are more effective than ever.
6. Protect Vulnerable Surfaces- Whether it’s protecting the outside of your car from the harsh salt or the insides from the slush and dirty snow, clean open surfaces to help avoid rusting and deterioration. Products like 303® Fabric and Vinyl Cleaner and 303® Aerospace Protectant will help protect your car from the harsh winter elements, both inside and out.
7. Check Tire Treads & Air Pressure- Before hitting the road, check your tires both for wear and air. It’s important to make sure the treads on your tires are still in good shape, as they will help keep you on the road and make traveling through the winter elements safer. Balding tires can cause major issues including lost traction and even blow outs. You also want to check the air pressure of your tires. While you want them to be full, you don’t want them to be too full, or they could burst. Be sure to check your car manual to gauge the proper air pressure for your car’s tires.
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