No doubt you’ve had one morning this month where you find yourself sat in your car, heaters blasting, wondering when it will ever warm up. This is on top of the painfully cold time spent de-icing the car to begin with. We know, we feel sorry for you, but we also feel sorry for your car too – believe it or not it can be just as affected by the cold as you.
Your Battery Might Die
If you opt to give your car a winter service, make sure you test your battery prior to any cold weather hitting. This is especially important if you’ve had your vehicle for over three years, as cold conditions essentially ‘pull’ voltage from the battery which is why your car can be sluggish to start. If you’ve got a garage, keeping it in there on winter nights is the easiest way for you to make sure that freezing conditions don’t have an impact on the running of your vehicle.
When the temperature drops, the viscosity of the motor oil thickens – this makes it harder for the engine to turn over. Couple this with the above information about battery output and further factor in the age of the automobile and battery and it could lead to stalled starts.
Tyre Pressure Changes
For every drop of 10*C in temperature, its estimated that your tyre will lose 1 PSI. For this reason, as the air gets colder, it’s important to check the inflation of your tyres as the conditions get colder – under-inflated tyres don’t perform to their optimum function and are liable for danger and damage in icy conditions.
Your Engine Isn’t As Efficient
Have you ever noticed you seem to fuel up more over the winter? During the first twenty to thirty minutes after a cold ignition your cars runs to a high gasoline-to-air ratio in order to prevent stalling. Once it has warmed up to operating temperature, the engine will start performing as normal.
Salt… Salt Everywhere
Though salt spreading and gritting plays a big role in keeping our roads safe and drivable during winter months, if you don’t wash off your car after long journeys on these roads the salt can slowly corrode the metal exterior of your car causing lots of unsightly rust.
Test Your Brakes
With the amount of salt, grit, ice and debris on the road, it can often accumulate on your breaks – this in turn causes them to bind and wear away prematurely. When the winter period is over it’s always a good idea to give your car a spring service.
Replace Your Antifreeze
Check your owner’s manual for confirmation on the interval which you should be replacing your antifreeze – this has rust inhibitors built into it but the longer you have your automobile the more these can break down into acid which eats away at the hoses and seals.
Your Windshield Will Be More Vulnerable
You should never ever use boiling water to clear the frost from your windshield as it will crack if there’s chips in it. Similarly, if you have a minor crack on your windscreen, blasting hot air onto it first thing can cause the crack to grow. If you want a quick and safe solution to a frozen windscreen, try a salt water solution using a plant sprayer or alternatively place a towel dipped in this mix on your windscreen the night before.
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