Secrets for getting thorough our winters:
A few car washes in the area are now offering unlimited car wash's!!! From anywhere $20 to $30 -This is a great way to keep that salt and built up ice off your vehicle- get the better wash to clean your undercarriage. This is such a great deal especially now - with the weather we have been having.
Winter is hard on every part of your car. Here are some tips for cold weather care to get you going.
Add heat to your gas tank when the weather is below 20.
and also ask your mechanic on your next oil change about a lighter weight oil.
Make sure your battery is in top shape. Your local garage should have a battery load tester. This device simulates a hard start and how it drags on the battery’s available power. Cold engines with cold oil in the crankcase are hard to turn over, making the battery work harder. A battery that works fine in the summer can easily leave you stranded.
A good rule of thumb is that a battery that is three or more years old should be tested. Batteries rarely last more than five years. Aftermarket high powered accessories like fog lights or car stereo amplifiers can shorten the life of your battery even more.
If you have one, run the electric defroster only as long as necessary. Because a defroster transforms electricity in to heat it draws a lot of amps from the battery. Definitely use it, but turn it off when the window is clear. Winter is hard enough on the battery without the defroster.
Buy a soft bristle broom to remove snow. Most brooms around the house are too rough and can easily scratch the paint on your car. A good test is to try a brush stroke on you hand. If it feels soft enough, it probably is. Home depot always has a nice selection of brooms if the ones at your home are too rough.
Now put your broom in the trunk and leave it here, before someone else uses it to sweep up something abrasive. Use it exclusively on you car and you won’t damage that expensive paint job.
Along with the broom in the truck – also keep a blanket, flares, water, some packaged food just in case you get stuck somewhere.
Antifreeze – Year round coolant should be fine if water has’t been added to weaken the freeze protection. Protects down to -37F. Making certain the antifreeze will protect your car to the winter temperatures you‘ll experience in our area you will need a 50-50 mix of coolant to water
Protection of 50% anti-freeze 50% water:
Freeze protection: -34 F
Boil over protection: + 265 F
Maximum 70% anti-freeze and 30% water:
Freeze protection of: -84 F
Boil over protection of: + 276 F
Corrosion Protection: exceeds all ASTM and SAE stands for corrosion protection.
You can check this yourself with a little device that you can buy in auto parts stores for a coupled of bucks. You suck up a little of the antifreeze from the radiator – or the overflow container and see how many of the little balls float.
By the way, this is very important. If the stuff freezes, it expands, and it’s by-bye engine block.
If your coolant hasn't’t been changed in several years, get the cooling system flushed. The rust inhibitors in antifreeze bread down over time and need to be renewed. Plus draining out the coolant and refilling the system removes dirt and rust particles that can clog up the cooling system and cause problems in the winter and summer.
Keep your windshield reservoir filled with non freezing washer fluid- visibility is a must! you can also add rubbing alcohol to your windshield reservoir - it will help keep it from freezing.