Winterizing Your Car

Winterizing Your CarWinter is fast approaching and for those of us in the Midwest, low temps, snowfall, and icy streets are coming. Before you get wrapped up in coats, scarves, and holiday party planning, there are a few basic tips to follow to maximize auto safety and vehicle longevity.

  • Get Your Oil Changed – In low temps oil becomes thick and as a result is slower to move throughout your engine. Getting an oil change to something with a bit better viscosity will give you a driving advantage on the coldest day of the year. If you have questions about which oil works best, consult your local dealership.
  • Check Your Wipers – Visibility is critical when you become faced with a drive in the middle of a snowstorm. Make sure your wipers are conditioned to face the elements and that your windshield washer reservoir is filled to the top with windshield washer fluid.
  • Test Your Battery – Jumping a dead car in a blizzard and sub-zero temperatures can be avoided by having your battery tested by your local service center. If your battery looks corroded or is older than 3-years, think about getting a replacement.
  • Monitor Tire Pressure – Tire health and condition are critical when they meet with slippery streets and thick snow. Getting the best possible traction means adjusting your tire pressure according to your owner’s manual. When it gets cold outside, it is natural for your tire pressure to lower.
  • Keep Your Fuel Tank Full – Cold temperatures can cause condensation to form on the walls of your fuel tank which will cause water to drip into your gas. Since water is heavier than gas it could sink to the bottom of the tank and into the gas lines, then freeze, and render your car useless. Any damage caused could lead to a costly repair, so to be safe, keep the fuel tank full when possible.
  • Prepare For An Emergency – Keeping a few items in your car during the winter months could keep you safe in an emergency. Some things to keep in the trunk include: an ice scraper, extra blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and a bag of abrasive material such as kitty litter, sand, or salt in the event you get stuck in the snow.

If you need assistance winterizing your car head on over to Pat McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac and talk to our warm and friendly service staff.

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