Winter Care For Your Car

car cleaningWinter has arrived and walking out to your car, turning the key in the ignition and driving off is no longer a certainty to act up in the cold weather.

This is why you should pay attention to the following components to ensure that your car functions well throughout the season:

1. Battery:

Cold weather damage the battery and charging system. Have it inspected by a professional to ensure that it is fully charged and consider replacing the battery and charging system if they are over three years (especially if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing point). Check electrical connections, including spark plugs, to ensure they are corrosion-free.

2. Fluids:

For optimal function, a car needs fluids – including brake, engine and transmissions oils, and antifreeze- to flow freely. During winter, these fluids thickening which restricts their flow and can cause engine Failure. To avoid this, make sure to gush and replace them annually. Maintain oil levels above the ‘half’ mark; this prevents moisture from settling in the fuel pipe which happens more frequently in the cold weather and creates blockages.

3. Tyres:

Tyres pressure decrease as temperatures drop; bot only do under-inflated tyres offer less traction, increasing the chance of skidding, the result in the car using more fuel. Have the tyres pressure checked every week and ensure that the tread deapth is at least three millimeters; consider switching to narrow winter tyres for improved road grip.

4. Wipers:

Clean the windscreen before turning on the wipers; the blades can be damaged if they scrape Against dust particles. To prevent wipers from ‘sticking’ to the windscreen, pop them up so they do not touch the glass when you park your car. Set the heater to defrost to speed up demisting when you start the car; top up the windscreen wash and washer solvent for maximum visibility and smooth wipers functioning.

By Haroon Rasheed