The winter season can be hard for cars, which is why it’s important to inspect your vehicle on a regular basis. This can help keep your vehicle operating efficiently and at top condition. Make sure to check the tire pressure at least once a month. If the temperatures drop below freezing, make sure to check the tires more often. An under-inflated tire underperforms and has an increased chance of blowing out when you drive. Tire pressure is measured by pounds per square inch (PSI). If uncertain about what level of PSI your tire should be, the proper inflation level can typically be found inside the driver’s door jam. If the air leaking out of your tire becomes consistent, make sure schedule an appointment so we can inspect the tires for you. Battery capacity decreases significantly in cold weather. It is just harder on the cells and it causes the battery to lose capacity. Parking a car in a garage, out of the freezing cold, is another way to protect the battery. The battery is needed in order to start your vehicle. If you notice an issue when you start your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect and test the battery for you. Look for cracks in windshields and make sure wiper blades are in working order. If you have cracks or chips on the windshield, they are likely to worsen in extreme cold temperatures. It is recommended to make sure to replace wiper blades to ensure they can handle the various elements and keep the windshield clear. The visibility is important when you drive, so it is important to have an issue fixed with the windshield or wipers as soon as possible.
Having a reliable vehicle is important, especially in the winter. You will want to make sure that the battery is in the best condition possible, so it is able to start your vehicle effectively. In the winter, there is an increase in failure for the battery. This is because, when your vehicle gets so cold, it requires more power from the battery to get the engine going. Therefore, if for whatever reason your battery has not been properly charged then your car is more likely not to start. It should also be considered that there are a number of other factors that could put strain on your battery. This can include if you have left your car lights, radio or heater on while the car’s engine was off then this will all require energy from your battery. You should always make sure that all of these things are turned off when your car’s engine is switched off. Similarly, it is best to make sure that they are off before starting up your car so as to reduce the amount of power that is required of your battery upon start up. During the winter months you are likely to be using your lights, fans, windscreen wipers and rear wipers more often, all of which require power from the battery and will slow down its ability to charge. If your car fails to start first time around, you may still be able to get it up and running. Try to start the ignition in five second bursts and allow around 30 seconds between attempts. You also need to think about how old your battery is. Over time, batteries lose their ability to charge and eventually it will get to the point where it will no longer be able to hold charge at all. Therefore, if your battery is around five years old then it may be time to change it so as to avoid battery failure. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. We can inspect the vehicle and the battery to ensure they are in the best condition possible. By having the battery working efficiently, you can help to improve the chance that the vehicle is reliable this winter.