Fall is here and drivers will want to start winterizing their cars so they’re ready when the extreme weather hits. This winter is predicted to be one of the coldest and snowiest on record. Now is the time to prepare so you won’t be caught off guard, and your car won’t be caught in the snow, leaving you with high costs for auto body repair in Philadelphia.
The first step is to get the right kind of oil. If the temperature in your area gets below freezing (this means you, Philadelphia), you’ll want to switch to a thinner or less viscous oil when the temperature starts dropping. Even as fall begins, you might want to think about changing your 10W-30 oil over to 5W-30 now so the car will be prepared as the temperature drops. Refer to your owners’ manual for further specifications.
Next, make sure your engine coolant contains ethylene glycol to protect the engine from corrosion. Find out your vehicles specific recommended coolant to water ratio – for most cars it is 60% coolant to 40% water – and make adjustments as necessary.
Both engines and batteries may have trouble starting up when it gets especially cold out. Inspect the battery as well as its cables, terminals and fluids before winter comes. Cables should be free of cracks and breaks, terminals should fit well with no loose connections, and fluid levels should be sufficiently high. A built-in or handheld hydrometer will tell you how much voltage remains in the battery.
Regular tires can have a great deal of difficulty moving through snow and maintaining traction on ice. These issues can make you late and even cause accidents. If you switch out any tires, make sure you change all four at the same time. Take your car to wherever you get your auto body repairs in Phila. to get fitted with high quality snow tires or all-season tires that will last all year long.
Follow these simple tips and it will be smooth sailing – and driving – all winter long.