Unlike folks in other parts of the country, Kernersville experiences all four seasons. And as one season changes into another, we all have to adapt for the new weather. For example: you’ve put away your summer clothes in exchange for heavy winter clothing. However, our wardrobes are not the only things we have to adjust in order to have a comfortable winter. Specific car maintenance is also vital during the colder months. Here are five areas to address to help ensure your car performs well no matter how low the temperature drops:
Washer fluid is important any time of year, but especially in winter. With unpredictable precipitation and other cars spraying dirty water, you will need your windshield fluid to maintain visibility while out on the road. However, the same fluid you use in the summer should not be used during the winter. Warm-weather fluid has a lower alcohol mixture, and in cold weather it can freeze. If this happens, not only is it useless, but frozen fluid could potentially cause problems like cracked tubing.
While we may not get much snow in Kernersville this year, you can pretty much count on freezing rain, sleet, and hail, and you need to make sure your wipers are up to the challenge. If they are not looking so good, a new pair should be part of your winter car maintenance. When you are out driving in a big storm, you will not regret the decision.
You probably know that to keep your auto running well, regular oil changes have to be included in your car maintenance. What you may not know is that a different type of oil should be used in cold months. Because oil thickens during the winter, you should have a thinner kind put in your car.
As the name suggests, anti-freeze is a critical element of winter car maintenance. Also known as coolant, it helps prevent the engine from freezing. In addition to checking your coolant levels, you should also look to see if there are any leaks that could result in coolant draining out.
When cars break down or will not start during the winter, more often than not the battery seems to be the culprit. Cold weather puts a real strain on your battery, which means you should have yours tested before the freezing temperatures get here. A test will be able to determine what kind of life is left in it. If it is discovered that your battery is on its last legs, getting a new one should be a priority for your car maintenance.
Xpress Lube: The car maintenance experts
How confident are you that your car will be able to make it through the long winter? If you have some doubts, just bring it to Xpress Lube. We will give it a complete examination and make sure you drive away with a tip-top auto. When it comes to car maintenance, you can trust the pros at Xpress Lube.