Car Winter Checks
Few things you need to check to Winterise Your Vehicle. Most unwanted thing to any driver break down in cold, harsh winter weather. According to AA ‘’ On the 2nd December last year, the AA reported attending to an average of 1,150 breakdowns every hour.’’ So doing the winter checks on car is the best idea to avoid any unwanted big expenses.
If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
Battery and charging system
Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries and alternator.
Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
Check the tyre tread depth and the tyre pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider to use special tires designed for winter. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
Have the brakes checked. Without any doubt braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be very dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.
Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
Motorists should also keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snow brush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.