Avoid These Cold Car Problems This Winter

December 21st, 2015 by

Snowy Road

Much to the delight of car drivers, the beginning of the Winter season has been relatively warm this year. But we all know this extended Fall cannot last much longer. When temperatures eventually begin to dip below freezing, your car could actually suffer. Extreme temperatures on the low end of the thermometer can cause problems that keep your car from functioning properly — both temporarily and long term. While the weather is cold, it’s very important to keep an eye on how your car is operating and take measures to prevent a potential temperature-related problem.

Unfortunately you aren’t able to wrap your car up in a cozy sweater or bring it in to sit by the warm fireside. But you can follow these tips to keep your car in good shape, even in the brutal cold:

Check Your Tire Pressure

Tires can lose pressure as the temperature drops. If the tire pressure becomes too low, you could be risking a flat tire or even a dangerous blowout.

Start It Up

Always start your car before you plan on leaving and give it some time to heat up. This will help your car’s oil cycle through your engine and transmission, warming them up and preventing any sluggishness on the road.

Fill the Tank

Always have your gas tank at least half full. Doing so will decrease the chance of moisture forming and potentially freezing in your gas lines.

Proper Fluids

Use a cold weather windshield washer fluid to prevent it from freezing in extremely low temperatures. This will also come in handy during snow and ice storms.

If you’re worried your car may have a temperature-related problem, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our service department. At Keffer Mazda, we want you and your car to make it through the winter months warm and trouble free!

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