It’s that time of year again when the leaves fall from the trees and the days get shorter. Winter is officially declared on December 21 this year, but we’ve already seen below zero temperatures and snowfall. At this time, one important task you should undertake is winterizing the fluids in your car.
As the temperature drops during the winter, it’s important to make sure that antifreeze is properly added to your vehicle’s engine. Antifreeze helps to prevent the engine’s water from freezing, which can cause major damage not only to the engine itself but also to the car’s radiator and hoses. In addition, antifreeze lowers the freezing point of water, allowing it to function effectively even in extremely cold temperatures. Without antifreeze, your car may not start on winter mornings and you could potentially be left stranded. It’s a simple step that can save you a lot of trouble – so make sure to check your antifreeze levels regularly during the winter months.
- Oil Changes
Winter driving often requires extra caution, and it’s important to make sure your car is properly prepared for the winter season. One important maintenance task is to change the oil in your vehicle. In colder temperatures, thicker oil is needed to ensure smooth functioning of the engine. Old, dirty oil can also cause buildup in your engine and decrease its performance in winter weather. So, before the winter season hits us full on, bring your car in for an oil change to ensure it can handle any winter driving conditions that come our way. Remember, a little bit of preparation now can save you a lot of trouble later on the road.
- Brake Fluid
Winter driving can come with hazardous conditions, such as icy roads and limited visibility. In order to stay safe on the roads, it’s important to make sure all aspects of your car are in good working condition. This includes checking your brake fluid levels. If the brake fluid is low, it could lead to brake failure during a critical moment. Checking the brake fluid is part of our winter maintenance service to keep your vehicle in good driving condition.
- Winter Windshield Fluid
When it comes to winter driving, visibility is essential for preventing accidents. The first step in making sure your windshield is clear is to make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and able to effectively remove snow and ice. However, standard windshield wiper fluid is not enough during the winter season here in Kamloops. That’s where winter wiper fluid comes in. It has a lower freezing point and contains de-icing agents to keep your windshield clear even in sub-zero temperatures. And for extra protection, it’s always a good idea to keep an ice scraper handy in case of buildup on your windows. Winter wiper fluid may seem like a small step, but it can greatly improve visibility and ensure safe winter driving. Heavy duty windshield wipers manufactured specifically for winter driving are also a great solution to keeping the windshield clear of ice and snow. Ask us to switch yours out when you bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance.
Stay safe out there on the roads this winter!
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From the team at Advance Auto Service in Kamloops