If you look outside it might surprise you that today is the first day of Winter. Usually at this time of year, it is frozen tundra, but this year, we got lucky. But I’m afraid we’ve got some bad news. Usually when we get milder weather in December it means January and February will be brutal with snow and ice. But, with mild weather, you can start to winterize your car before Jack Frost makes his appearance Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi has some steps that will ease you into the coming Winter weather.
- Wash Your Car
To combat the icy roads we put down salt and soot to help with traction. Sure, it gets us where we are going but it can do a number on our cars. Before the first snow hits, you will want to wash your car. Washing your car before Winter will remove all the dry mud that was caked on. Mud can hurt the paint if it has been dried on for a long time. In addition to the wash, add some wax to give your car the needed protection of the harsh Winter.
- Add a Battery Charger in Your Car
Snowy weather puts your engine under more strain, which in turn means the battery is working harder. Obviously if it is working harder that means more juice is being used. This means the battery can run flat, quicker than usual. Therefore, a battery charger is a good idea. These chargers clip onto your battery’s negative and positive terminals to give you an extra boost.
- Check Your Cars Liquids
Nothing sounds more unpleasant than popping your hood on a freezing day. Be preemptive and check you coolant, oil and anti-freeze. Or you can come down to the Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi Fast Lane and we can do it for you. You will want to have a half and half mix of coolant and water in your radiator. The right mix will allow the water to stay as a liquid well below freezing point. With engine oil you will want everything running smooth in the engine.
- Get New Wiper Blades and Refill Wiper Fluid
Snow visibility can be rough, the wipers can smear and actually make your window even worse. With wiper fluid that can level the playing field. New wipers can reduce smear as well.
- Keep Your Gas at Least Half a Tank
We aren’t worried about running gas while your driving, we are concerned about your car starting. Low and changing temperatures can cause condensation to occur inside your gas tank which, when mixed with the fuel, could freeze as it makes its merry way along the fuel lines.
- Have a Good Ice Scrapper
This one is pretty obvious. Having a good ice scrapper can go a long way. You want to get the ice off your car as fast and possible.
- Keep an Emergency Kit in the Car
You may find you self in a situation where your car wont start. It’s always a good idea to be prepared. An emergency kit could be a life saver. An emergency kit consists of items like engine oil, spare wiper blades, tire pump, jumper cables, salt, blankets and other useful items.
- Getting Winter Tires
Buying winter tires is the best way to fight against snowy conditions. A good set can last for multiple winters and improve your car’s ability to drive on slippery surroundings. Winter tires are game changers and many experts say that a 4X2 with winter tires are better in snow than 4X4 with regular tires.