It is essential that oil flows through your engine when you start it, to prevent wear and damage on important components in the winter months, you should make sure you change your oil to a low-viscosity option like Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Synthetic Oil. Running regular oil could possibly cause it thicken at lower temperature. Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Synthetic Oil will flow more rapidly, as well as reduce friction in the engine components. This will all help to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoother for longer.
It’s tougher for the battery to start the engine in cold weather, and one that did its job in the summer might not get you through the winter, especially if it’s several years old. A service technician will test your battery to see if it can handle the job, make sure the cables are in good shape and firmly attached, and ensure that there’s no corrosion on the terminals. If the battery’s marginal, replace it now so it doesn’t leave you stranded.
Snow tires are not just for driving in the snow. Winter tires consist of a softer rubber compound that helps them to grip cold or icy pavement. Snow tires do a much better job than all-season tires whenever the temperature dips below 7oC. These winter tires also incorporate a more aggressive tread which channels away slush, sleet, and snow, to help prevent sliding on the road. It is important to note that certain highways in British Columbia now require snow tires for travel, and in some cases, you can be sent back home due to safety issues.
Streaks on your windshield can obstruct your vision, especially when driving into the glare of winter sunshine. Replace your wiper blades before they’re cracked or torn to ensure you can see through your windshield at all times. Sometimes, the heating and cooling temperatures, or heavy sunlight exposure in the summer can cause your wiper blades to stiffen which might cause them to bump and chatter. Replace your wiper blades this season, as it is recommended to change them up to twice per year as weather changes. (Don’t forget the rear wiper blade on your SUV or hatchback).
Winter Washer Fluid
Winter-specific fluid resists freezing and is formulated to clean away winter grime such as road salt. Always carry a spare jug so you do not run out, and make sure to never substitute water as it is likely to freeze and damage your washer fluid pump.
It can take hours for emergency response teams to reach you in a snowstorm. Make sure your emergency kit includes a blanket, candles, matches, energy snacks, a folding shovel, and a first-aid kit. Individuals who often wear heels should pack a pair of flat-soled boots, too.
Have your coolant tested to be sure it can handle cold temperatures. Follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, and when it’s recommended, have the cooling system flushed and filled with new fluid. Coolant gradually deteriorates, and when it does, your coolant cannot adequately protect your engine and cooling system. This includes the heater core, and if this component gets clogged with corrosion, it’s an extremely expensive job to replace it.
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