Cold weather can affect many things, including your car. With the drastic temperature drops come changes to how your car runs. Here are some important things to keep in mind during the winter months.  

Battery risks 

The battery gives your car a jolt of energy to get it running. Without a working battery, your car won’t start, and the electronics inside the car won’t work. It is essential to ensure your battery is well-charged in the colder months because it takes more power for your vehicle to start. If possible, park your vehicle in the garage when you are not using it. This will keep it out of the freezing wind and protect your battery power significantly.  

When you get out of your car, make sure all inside lights are turned off, as well as your headlights. If you forget to turn them off, they will drain your battery, and you might wake up to a car that won’t start.  

Thickening fluids 

Fluids in your car, such as antifreeze, transmission fluid, and wiper fluid, thicken during the winter. While those are not something to worry about, the oil in your car is. Thick oil can cause issues with your engine. Going with fully synthetic oil is recommended to avoid thickening and keep your vehicle running as efficiently as possible.  

Keep your gas tank full 

Gas freezing in your tank is not a problem because of how low the freezing temperature of the gas is. However, if your gas level is too low in the winter, the gas can break down and form wax crystals. This is called gelled fuel, and when this happens, the gas becomes too thick to flow through the fuel lines. 

The fuel gauge may show a higher level than what is in your tank. Be sure to fill your tank more often than in the summer to prevent running out of gas and getting stranded in frigid temperatures.  

Tire pressure 

As the temperature fluctuates, so does your tire pressure. Everyone has seen the light on their dashboard warning them that their tire pressure needs to be corrected. If you see this warning, take it seriously. If your tire pressure is too low in the winter, it can cause your car to slide more easily. This can be very dangerous if the roads are wet or icy. Check your vehicle’s tire pressure frequently and fill it up when necessary. 

Following these tips will keep your car working efficiently during the winter months. If any problems arise, give Superior Service Center a call, and we will get you back on the road in no time!