Winter weather brings out the worst in us. From snowstorms to ice storms, winter weather wreaks havoc on our vehicles. If you've got a car, you'll want to take care of it before the cold weather hits.
Winter weather can cause damage to your car. The salt, sand, and other debris from the road can corrode metal parts and rust away paint. In addition, the extreme temperatures can weaken the rubber seals around windows and doors, causing them to leak or freeze shut. But there's something you can do to save your car from extreme havoc.
Here are five car care tips for you during winter weather.
Tip #1: Check your Car's Oil Level
Cold weather can cause oil to be thin, so check it before you head out. Always make sure it's full. If the light shows on your dashboard, add more oil!
Tip #2: Check Your Tires
Check your tires for the wear and tear they have taken throughout the winter. If you see any snow or ice buildup in the tire treads, you will want to get them checked out as soon as possible. You want to avoid having an accident while driving on snow-covered roads.
Tip #3: Keep Your Car's Battery Charged
When it comes to keeping your car running during winter weather, it's important to keep your battery charged to maintain its charge when needed most. If you know how much power your engine requires and how long it typically takes to restore that power after sitting idle, you can plan accordingly so that the battery runs smoothly before being used again.
Tip #4: Check Your Antifreeze Levels
Antifreeze is essential to keep water from freezing into your cooling system components, such as hoses, belts, and radiator caps, during winter weather. It also helps prevent corrosion from forming on metal surfaces to prevent rusting over time or breaking down due to exposure to salt water at sea level or higher altitudes, where moisture can collect quickly during storms or rainfalls.
Tip #5: Check for Leaks
Check for leaks at a minimum once a week — even more often if you drive in cold weather frequently or have recently replaced an undercarriage component (like an engine or transmission). Leaks can lead to expensive damage that could be prevented with just a quick check now and then.
We urge you to bring your vehicle to Rocky Mountain Car Care if you need assistance getting it ready for the upcoming winter months. Have a certified professional inspect the system to ensure that all parts are in good working order.