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Three Ways Cold Weather can Damage Your Car

low pressureA few weeks ago, we published a blog post entitled “ Steps to Ready Your Car for Winter.” In it, we discussed the many steps you can take to get your car ready for the cold, snowy winter months.

This time around we are going to examine the many ways that cold weather can damage your car. Once you are familiar with these details, you will have an even better idea of what you can do to avoid disaster.

1. Fluids thicken when temperatures cool. It is a must to check all your car’s fluids before the winter cold arrives. This includes oil, power steering, antifreeze, transmission, and brake fluids.

Note: you will want to keep an eye on these fluids during the cold months, as there may come a point when you need to address one or more.

2. Dead battery. Here is the best thing you can do: have your battery tested before the winter months arrive. This doesn’t guarantee that your battery will keep on ticking, but it definitely improves the chance.

Note: if possible, keep your vehicle parked indoors during the winter months.

3. Low tire pressure. Cold weather causes tires to lose pressure. Not only does this impact your performance on the road, but it can also cause damage to your tires. The best way to fight against this is to check your tire pressure once a week.

If you are concerned about one or more of these problems, schedule an appointment with us. We can help put your mind at ease before the cold temperatures arrive!