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How to Prepare Your Car for the Winter Season

Last updated 3 years ago

While you may be able to go inside and escape the harsh cold of the winter, your car is outside all the time, or at best inside a garage. It is important that you prepare your vehicle for winter conditions so that it continues to run safely and efficiently throughout the entire year.

Tires

The winter season can present difficult and hazardous driving conditions with snow, sleet, or hail. Snow tires can help you solve this problem, especially when they are studded. However, be sure to change all four tires or the inconsistency between your snow tires and regular tires may cause problems for your car. Keep in mind that snow tires may impede your vehicle’s handling and fuel efficiency, so it is a good idea to remove them once they are no longer needed. Alternatively, you can purchase tires that made with extra versatility so that they are suitable for all seasons.

Engine

The colder temperatures brought on by the winter season will affect the temperature of your engine, which changes your oil. During the winter, it is best to switch to thinner oil to improve the performance of your engine. If you are not sure exactly how thin your oil should be, consult your vehicle’s manual or manufacturer. You should also check your engine’s ratio of coolant to water, and make sure that your coolant has ethylene glycol. During the winter, the proportion should be about 60 percent coolant and 40 percent water.

Emergency

You should always have an emergency kit in case your car breaks down during the winter. Your emergency kit should include flares, blankets, a flashlight, and coolant. In the case of frozen locks or door handles, it always helps to have glycerine with you, as long as it is not stored inside the vehicle where it would not be accessible.

For more information about how to prepare your vehicle for winter, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 334-9531 or visit our website. Since 1965, we have been providing Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, and Smyrna with high quality tire and automotive repair services. 

 

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