Tuesday, 25 December 2018


The New Year is here, it is a good time to proceed with the routine maintenance of your car. Whether you spend a harsh winter, here are some things to keep an eye on while you are servicing your car, especially in the colder months.

1. Change oil

Without oil change, the engine of your car will wear much faster. The oil lubricates the engine of the car, which can be influenced by the climate in which you drive. The colder the weather, the thicker the oil of your car becomes. To prepare you, you should consult your technician about the
use of a thinner oil formula for the winter months.

2. Air filter

The air filter of your vehicle prevents unwanted contaminants from being sucked into your engine. If it does not work properly due to constipation, the mileage of your car can be reduced by as much as 14 percent. The speed of replacement of air filters varies, but can range between 30,000 and 45,000 miles.

3. Tires

All things on this checklist are vital to meet the conditions of the winter road, but having quality tires is absolutely essential. As always, you must ensure that the tire pressure of your car is good; cold weather can affect tire pressure. Maintaining the correct tire pressure ensures a longer tire life and protects against excessive wear. Worn tires are almost unusable, so make sure your tires have enough profile to transfer the cold weather.

4. Brakes

This kind goes hand in hand with maintaining your tires: your brakes are the most important safety function of your car. Worn brakes are dangerous and require a longer anticipation of stopping. Have a mechanic check the brake pads and rotors of your vehicle for wear or damage and for the necessary repairs.

5. Cooling system

Even if it is cold outside, you still need coolant because the engine of your car is getting hot! Engine coolant is just as important as the engine oil. Your radiator must be filled with at least 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze to protect against temperatures below freezing. You can have a technician perform a pressure test on your cooling system. This will let you know if you have a faulty thermostat, a cracked hose or a leaking radiator cap.

6. Wipers and liquid

Wiper blades must be replaced every six months. Depending on where you live, it may not be a bad idea to invest in your windshield in some winter knives. The windshield washer reservoir of your car must be filled with frost-proof windshield washer fluid so that the work can still be carried out in the winter.

7. Battery and electrical system

Stuck on the side of the road with an empty car battery is never an ideal situation, but it can be even worse if it is in dirty winter weather. Severe cold temperatures can reduce your car's battery power by 50 percent. Stand up again and do a quick visual inspection of the battery yourself. Make sure everything is correctly connected and pay attention to any corrosion or build-up on the terminals.

8. Outdoor lighting

This should be a good idea for when you are driving, but you need to make sure that the lights on your car work: headlights, tail lights and emergency lighting.

9. Full gas tank

To prevent the fuel lines from freezing, you must add antifreeze to your system when filling your tank. Consult a technician in case you are not sure of the limitations of your vehicle.

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