With freezing temperatures approaching, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is prepared. Here’s a list to prepare your vehicle for driving in freezing conditions.
Check your coolant
Decades of research have lead to antifreeze/coolant that resists low temperatures while also fighting corrosion and wear inside the cooling system itself. It’s not a ‘set it and forget it’ situation, however – antifreeze needs to be periodically inspected, and replaced, as the the grind of daily driving takes its toll on the additives that keep your motor running smoothly. This is especially true during the winter months, when your engine is most vulnerable to the cold.
With so many types of antifreeze on the market, it’s difficult to predict how long the coolant that’s in your car will maintain peak performance in regards to its cold weather protection. Most anti-freeze and coolants can perform between three to five years, or 50,000 to 150,000 miles being the typical ratings for low-grade to high-quality antifreeze. One of the more prominent problems is having a mixture that isn’t the ideal 50:50 ratio, which can cause the freeze point to be higher than you need it to be to survive the cold winter months.
Fortunately, Tune Tech is here for you. Our technicians can check your anti-freeze/coolant levels to ensure it’s ready to take on any winter conditions. Contact Tune Tech today to make sure your vehicle’s anti-freeze and coolants are ready for any weather.
Examine your battery
The chemical responses required to produce power in a vehicle battery decreases during cold temperatures, when your vehicle requires more current from the battery to begin the engine. To avoid a vehicle that will not start on a cold early morning, you can bring it into Tune Tech where one of our technicians can determine if your battery is ready to take on the cold weather.
Tune Tech offers ACDelco batteries for all vehicles that will ensure your vehicle will start, no matter what temperature it is outside. Contact us today to get your vehicle’s battery ready for any situation.
Fill your wiper fluid
Winter driving is hard enough– lower visibility makes it much worse. Having enough wiper fluid is essential to keeping your windshield free of ice, snow, salt, and mud. Make sure you utilize freeze-resistant wiper fluid. If in doubt, let us know at Tune Tech.
Replace your wiper blades
Keeping your windshield clean during the winter can be a difficult task– make certain your wiper blades are up to the job. Many blades are only effective for 6 months to a year, so possibilities are you require new ones. While you’re at it, you might consider selecting a heavy-duty wiper blade particularly developed for winter season conditions.
Inspect your tire pressure
No matter whether your tires are brand-new or older, make sure they’re appropriately inflated for winter conditions. Winter causes air pressure in your tires to drop at a rate of roughly 1 PSI per 10 degrees, so examine your tire pressure regularly to make sure it remains at the level recommended by the manufacturer. The typical suggested tire pressure is 30-35 PSI, but make sure to check your owner’s manual for the exact number. And do not forget to examine your spare tire as well.
Change your oil
Your engine requires lubrication to run, but cold weather thickens oil and minimizes its ability to distribute through the engine, having fresh oil will help you keep your vehicle running smooth.
Examine your belts and hose pipes
Cold temperature levels can weaken the belts and hose pipes that keep your engine running. Get ready for winter by having Tune Tech exam all belts and hose pipes for fractures or indications of wear and tear.
Created an emergency situation kit to bring in your vehicle
Regardless of excellent vehicle preparation, winter season weather can still take you by surprise and put you in a harmful circumstance. Be prepared for the unforeseen by equipping your vehicle with an emergency kit. For what to stock in your kit, check out our recommendations here.
If in doubt, or you unsure of your vehicles preparedness to take on any conditions let our team of highly skilled technicians take a look. Contact Tune Tech today to make sure you’re prepared for whatever weather conditions come your way.