4 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather
Getting your car ready for winter is more than fixing tires and inspecting the battery. It is best to have your vehicle fully inspected and ensure it is well prepared for winter. Keep reading to discover several tips to help you keep your car functional during this winter season.
1. Maintain a Ratio of 70/30 of Antifreeze to Distilled Water
Adequate preparation entails checking the engine coolant, or antifreeze. Coolant is a liquid that helps to keep the car's engine at normal temperatures and in good condition. During extreme winter temperatures, mixing antifreeze with distilled water at a ratio of 70/30 can help to prevent your engine from freezing. Some antifreeze is already mixed with water, but you can add more when needed.
2. Use Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid
When replacing windshield fluids, it is imperative to use the right type made for winter. Ordinary wiper fluid used throughout the spring, summer, and fall can actually freeze upon contact with your windshield during the winter. Winter fluid is designed for freezing temperatures and will help to loosen ice and snow from your windshield.
3. Switch to Winter-Grade Oil
During the winter season, it is important to switch to a winter-grade oil to best protect your engine. The lower the temperatures, the thinner your engine oil should be. To ensure you are using the right winter-grade oil for your vehicle, talk to a professional mechanic at your next oil change.
4. Check Brake Fluid
During winter, you should ensure that your brakes are in good condition. In this case, check the brake fluid to determine if the fluids are within the recommended levels. During the winter season, water molecules and other debris can build up in your car’s brake fluid, lowering brake performance. To ensure your brakes work well this winter, have your brake fluid inspected and changed by an expert.
Contact Our Certified Mechanics
Taking care of your car and ensuring it is ready for winter requires more than meets the eye. At Custom Complete Automotive, our certified mechanics will ensure your car is fully prepared for the winter season. To learn more about our auto services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.