Problems you need to watch out for in winter
Car maintenance tips: problems you need to watch out for in winter
Winters are here, folks – well, sort of, depending on where you live. Either way, December is upon us and it’s technically winter for us in India. This change of seasons means that your precious vehicles also need a little maintenance to make sure they don’t suffer from the reduced temperature. If you are wondering what we are talking about, the point is that a change in temperature can affect your vehicles in so many ways. In order to ensure proper vehicle maintenance as well as safety during this time, it is important to be proactive. So we’ve put together a quick list of the problems cars typically experience during winters and what you can do to avoid these issues.
Fluids for vehicles
While newer batteries usually don’t experience issues during winters, older car batteries can prove to be a bit of a problem. Therefore, if your car’s battery is over 4-5 years old, say, it might be a good idea to consider replacing it. If not, at least check the battery capacity to make sure you don’t encounter any issues when starting the car.
A change in temperature also impacts tire pressure, resulting in damaged tires, reduced fuel efficiency, and decreased vehicle control, among other things. Check your tires often to make sure they have sufficient pressure. And don’t forget to check your spare tire every time you check the rotating four on the car. Also be sure to check the tire tread to see if it has good grip.
A properly functioning vehicle relies on a variety of fluids, including engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and even water for the windshield. Temperature changes, including the reduced temperatures seen in winter, can affect the density and viscosity of these fluids. This can prevent them from working as expected. So, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on these fluids. Oh and don’t forget to let the engine warm up before you start driving.
Spark plugs, responsible for ignition, are prone to damage during winters. This is especially true for worn caps. So, regularly check the spark plugs for any cracks or corrosion to avoid any negative impact on your car’s performance.