As you’re hopefully aware of, taking care of your car is important in making sure it lasts as long as possible. As long as you keep up with the recommended scheduled maintenance, the chances that your car will need major repairs will be much slimmer. However, once winter rolls around, you may want to pay extra attention to winterizing your car. The elements can get rather harsh during the winter, which means that your car will be more vulnerable when exposed to the elements. The following are a few tips for winterizing your car:
Change your engine oil – If you live in an area that can reach below freezing temperatures, then you’ll want to switch to a thinner engine oil. This is because colder weather tends to cause oil to thicken. If your engine oil gets too thick, it won’t lubricate your car’s engine properly. Be sure to check your car’s owner manual for proper guidance regarding this matter.
Replace wiper blades – Your wiper blades will usually work effectively for roughly a year, so invest in new ones if it’s been more than a year since you’ve replaced them. You should also be sure to fill up your washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Don’t fill it with water since water will just end up freezing.
Check your heater and defroster – You’re going to be making plenty of use out of your car’s heater and defroster, so make sure that they are working properly before you actually need them.
Inspect the battery – Look for breaks or cracks in the battery cables and make sure that the terminals fit snugly and that there are no loose connections. Check the battery fluid as well. You can do this by uncovering the refill hole and making sure the level isn’t below the bottom of the cap.
Mount snow tires – It can be dangerous driving in conditions where there’s snow, ice and sleet. By mounting snow tires onto your car, you’ll make it a lot easier to drive during these conditions.
Add an emergency kit – Put together an emergency kit to put in your trunk in case you get stuck on the side of the road due to weather conditions. Having a safety kit in your car is a good idea no matter what time of the year it is – but you’ll want to be sure to have one during the winter months. Make sure your kit has flares, blankets, an extra pair of boots, a battery-operated radio, a first-aid kit, a tool kit, jumper cables, a spare tire, extra batteries, engine oil, coolant, a battery-operated flashlight and washer fluid.
Check the tire pressure – To have the best traction when driving, your tires need to be properly inflated. Once the weather begins cooling down, your tire pressure will drop. This will reduce the traction that your car has on the road, which means you’ll want to make sure to adjust the tire pressure.
Check your antifreeze – Your radiator should have a 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water mixture. Any more water and the mixture will be vulnerable to freezing in cold temperatures. You can check the balance by using an antifreeze tester.
Use these tips for winterizing your car. Be sure to contact us at Cherry Hill Nissan for information about our huge inventory. Also, feel free to drop in at our Cherry Hill Nissan dealership located at 2325 Route 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ. We serve Cherry Hill, Moorsetown, Marlton, Medford, Camden, and Philadelphia.