Winter car maintenance
The roar of winter winds can be heard across the northern hemisphere. It is more important than ever to be sure that your car is in tip-top shape for the harsh winter months. A few simple steps can potentially save you hundreds of pounds.
Mind your electronics
Electronics can easily be affected by cold weather, they are not indestructible. Batteries corrode, connections separate, light bulbs burn out and sensors can fail. Be sure to have your electronics tested before the icy winter months. Here at Jackson Motors we have battery testing available.
Are your fluids topped up?
The first thing everyone thinks of is that magical blue fluid that keeps your windshield clear. But don’t forget to check your oil and coolant pressures as well. Both of these are vital to maintaining a good working engine in the winter. These should all be taken care of during a routine checkup at your favorite garage. Keeping your tires properly inflated allows you to have maximum traction on the potentially icy roads. When temperatures start to drop below zero don’t forget about your antifreeze.
Pack a kit
You have some space in your car, make good use of it. Drop a shovel and some traction in your boot, (common substances are cat litter or sand). You can put this under your tires if you get stuck, or use the shovel to dig out. If you can’t dig yourself out, you need to be ready to spend some time wherever you are. Pack warm clothes, a few snacks and jumper cables incase your battery dies. Check out our “How to Jump Start Your Car” article. You should always have a charger for your phone!
Don’t forget to take a “brake”
Once you’re on your way, it is important to know when to stop, or even better, that you can stop. Get your brakes checked early and often. Check your manual to know exactly when to change your brake pads, on average they should be replaced every 25,000 – 50,000 miles. Are the roads icy? Think about how much this will increase your braking distances so give plenty of room to the car in front. Read more on driving safely in winter weather.
Make sure your locks are clear
Your car is no good to you if you can’t get in it. Make sure your locks and hinges are well oiled. If your hinges are damaged, they can freeze up or fracture. When you’re looking at lubricants, be sure they are safe for rubber and rubber mixtures. The wrong mixture will cause the rubber to lose its solidity.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’re always happy to help.