You aren't the only one who needs to bundle up in the winter. Your vehicle, too, needs some special care in the colder months. The non-profit Car Care Council offers six quick tips to help your vehicle perform at its best during cold weather months.
Keep the gas tank at least half full;
this decreases the chance of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
Check the tire pressure, including the spare, as tires can lose pressure when temperatures drop. Consider special tires if snow and ice are a problem in your area.
Have the exhaust system checked
for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
Allow your car a little more time
to warm up when temperatures are below freezing so that the oil in the engine and transmission circulate and get warm.
Change to low-viscosity oil
in winter as it will flow more easily between moving parts when it is cold. Drivers in sub-zero temperatures should drop their oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
Consider using cold weather washer fluid
and special winter windshield blades if you live in a place with especially harsh winter conditions.
Source: Car Care Council
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