You Really Should Prepare Your Car for Winter; Here's How
Like the old saying goes, if you take care of your car, your car will take care of you right back.
A lot of people don't know that there are certain measures you should take to make sure that your car is ready to handle the freezing temperatures of winter.
The team at Fleekes decided to help you out by letting you in on some car maintenance secrets for the winter season.
4. Check the Integrity of Your Four Wheel Drive
Just having 4WD doesn't automatically mean that you're safe to drive in the snow. As a matter of fact, if you beat the hell out of your 4WD every winter, chances are it isn't operating properly.
I remember one time back when I was a teenager and thought my '92 Dodge Dakota could handle any snow storm. Well, I didn't maintain my 4WD, and wound up having to call up my father to pull me out of a parking lot.
Anyways, it's easy to check your 4WD; just ensure that it engages and disengages correctly. If you share your vehicle, make sure everyone using it knows how to use it properly.
3. Make the Switch to Snow Tires
I grew up in New England where the snow storms are nothing to joke about, and up there, snow tires were a necessity.
Even if you live somewhere that snow isn't that big of a deal, the peace of mind of having improved traction is priceless.
Plus, it could be the difference between an uncomfortable hard brake and an expensive fender bender. Don't underestimate small snow storms!
2. Check the Health of Your Battery
Cold temperatures can really mess with your car battery's connection and operation, especially on older vehicles.
Check the see if there's any corrosion, and if your battery is older than three years, bring it to the shop to make sure it's holding a proper charge.
If you don't take 15 minutes to do this, you could be stuck for hours in the freezing cold waiting for a kindhearted passerby to jump you.
1. Replace Your Oil with Winter-Grade
Not many people know this, but there are different types of oil for different temperatures.
Oil thickens as it gets colder, and if the oil in your engine is already thick, you could be doing long-term damage to your engine.
Make sure to check the owner's manual of your vehicle for the manufacturer's recommendation for which oil to use in which climate & temperature.
Taking some time out of your day to maintain your car could save you a lot of time down the road.
You don't want to wind up in the middle of a blizzard with a dead vehicle. Trust me, I've been there.