Have you ever noticed that you have a long list of car repairs needed during the winter? Cold weather, and everything that comes along with it like ice, sleet and snow, can be very hard on vehicles.
Thankfully, winter-related repairs don’t have to be expensive. They’re usually just irritating, but shouldn’t be neglected because they could turn into more serious problems if they’re not addressed.
If you notice the following issues flare up during the winter, chances are it’s a weather-related problem:
1. You Suddenly Develop Battery Issues
The cold fact is that chilly weather is synonymous with dead car batteries; at around zero degrees Fahrenheit, a battery can lose up to 60 percent of its juice. The cold actually leeches voltage from the battery.
Plus, once you add cell phone chargers, GPS devices, etc., into the equation, they contribute to battery-drainage when plugged in.
While there’s no clean-cut method to avoid battery issues in the winter, there are still some things you can do. Make sure your battery isn’t more than three years old, and then have your auto shop technician do the following:
· Check battery terminals and cables to ensure they’re attached and not corroding.
· Do a load test which will determine if your battery can handle winter’s onslaught.
2. Fluids Might Thicken
Freezing temperatures can impact your vehicle’s fluids like transmission fluid, brake fluid and oil. If the cold bothers them they become thick, slow and sluggish.
Chemical additives should keep them from freezing, but that’s not always the case. In some cases, if fluids thicken, vehicles can’t perform well.
While you may not be able to outright avoid dealing with thick fluids, be sure to check them or have a tech take a look intermittently. They’ll be able to tell you if you need to replace or add fluids.
3. Your Develop Tire Pressure Issues
During the winter, have you noticed a change in tire pressure? Have you walked outside one morning to head to work, only to be greeted by deflated tires? These are classic signs of winter’s impact.
While there’s no quick fix or formula to avoid cold-weather induced tire pressure changes, make sure you know your manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, so that you can stop at a gas station or your local auto shop to restore the right amount of pressure.
Dealing with the issue is irritating, but driving around on deflating tires is an absolute no-no.
4. Engine Block and Coolant Flare-Ups Occur
Make sure your coolant is topped off and that you use the correct formula. Otherwise, if you drive an older model vehicle, your engine could possibly crack. This sounds serious — and it is! — so take the right steps and contact your auto shop if you’re confused or unsure about what to do.
Don’t let the cold beat you or your vehicle this winter. If you have any concerns aboutcar repairs, contact the pros at Living the Dream Auto Care!