‘Tis The Season to Prep Your Car

4 Dec

According to the Arbitron National In-Car Study, the average American over the age of 18 spends 18 hours and 31 minutes per week in his or her car, averaging out to 2 hours and 38 minutes per day. Your car is important to you and it is a major part of your identity. We know you want your car to be protected and safe during the winter season so we have compiled a list of things to do in order to prevent weather damage. Although temperatures during this time of year are mild in the South, it is still necessary to keep up-to-date with visits to your car dealership for maintenance checks. Below are items to keep an eye out for.

Car Care Tip - Tire Pressure

Tires

As the seasons change, so do your tires. Dropping temperatures result in dropping tire pressure. This can cause more friction on the road due to uneven wear and tear, less protection from rims and wheel alignment problems. Be sure to get your tires rotated and aligned. Check your owner’s manual to find the ideal tire pressure for your car.

Oil

Oil tends to thicken in lower temperatures, therefore, thinner oil is recommended in colder temperatures because it travels more rapidly through your engine. Thick oil is less efficient in keeping your engine clean and safe from harmful contaminants. Changing your car’s oil and filter is the best way to prolong engine life. Be sure to visit Dodgeland of Columbia or your nearest car dealership in Columbia, SC to get your oil viscosity checked.

Battery

Seasonal changes can be your battery’s worst enemy, even if you live in warmer climate with mildly cold weather. Check your battery cables and clamps for corrosion. If you notice a white powdery substance around the clams, fear not, that’s corrosion from battery acid which can easily be cleaned off with baking soda, water and a toothbrush. If your car is older than six years, consider replacing your battery.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze is not only meant to prevent freezing. It also serves as a lubricant, anti-corrosion and stabilizing fluid that keeps the engine balanced in varied temperatures. A 50/50 percent mix of antifreeze and distilled water is recommended for your radiator. If you have missed a service interval or if you are not sure whether your car has the right coolant mix, pay your car dealership a visit and have your antifreeze flushed and filled.

Windshield Wiper Blades

Do you remember the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If not, it might be time to invest in new ones. Finding yourself in the midst of a storm while you’re on the highway is never fun. Avoid any hassles this season by inspecting your wiper blades and replacing them if there is any sign of wear. Rule of thumb is that you should change your wiper blades every six months.

Preparing for seasonal changes will prolong the functionality of your car especially when temperatures drastically change. Take a weekend to change your oil, check your tires and check your battery and antifreeze. Last but not least, check your windshield wiper blades to ensure safe and worry-free driving this season. Visit Dodgeland of Columbia online to view our latest parts and services specials.

Sources:

http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/8-tips-for-ensuring-a-safe-winter-in-your-car.html/

http://www.northdallasimports.com/blog/2013/11/14/winter-car-care-tips-and-precautions/

http://aardvarkautorepair.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/6-fall-and-early-winter-car-care-tips-from-an-ase-master-technician/

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