Did You Winterize Your Vehicle in Reno?

Did You Winterize Your Vehicle in Reno?

As the weather continues to get cooler; one must think is there vehicle ready for the winter season? Here are tips on how to winterize your vehicle this season.

auto body 1According to an article at weather.com, “Winter Season Auto Maintenance”

“Test the battery and electrical systems

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s electrical system and battery, and the increased power demands of defrosters, windshield wipers and heating systems makes an electrical system test a must.

  • A simple battery test can be performed by turning on your vehicle’s headlights before starting the engine. If you notice the lights get brighter once the engine is running, a more thorough battery tests should be undertaken.
  • Metering voltage with a voltmeter or measuring electrolyte levels for an unsealed, low-maintenance battery are two examples of such tests. If your tests show the voltage lower than 12.4V or if electrolyte-specific gravity resides below 1.225, a recharge or replacement of the battery is likely required.
  • If you’re not comfortable performing battery tests yourself, any reputable mechanic should be able to run a quick diagnostic test on your battery and charging system. Some auto parts stores are even able to do this.
  • Make sure your headlights, taillights, back up lights, and signal lights (including your hazards) illuminate with a visual check.

Check coolant and other fluids

While it’s more common to worry about the cooling system in the summer, it’s just as important to check it in the winter. If your car’s coolant is not mixed correctly, it could freeze and damage your radiator or engine.

  • Check the coolant level, which may require looking at a marked level indicator on the overflow reservoir, or popping the radiator cap.
  • Never check the coolant when the car is hot, as the cooling system operates under pressure and hot coolant will burn.
  • A 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze is typically recommended for year-round driving, but check your owners manual for specifics.
  • You can test the concentration of the coolant with a bulb gauge found at any auto parts store or have your mechanic do it.
  • After checking the coolant, examine coolant hoses for leaks or wear.
  • Visually inspect other fluid reservoirs in the engine compartment for leaks, such as brakes, clutch, transmission fluid and oil.
  • The change in seasonal temperatures may also dictate a change to a thinner viscosity engine oil. Check your owner’s manual.

Maximize winter vision

Darkness and blinding snowstorm, coupled with shorter days, can dramatically reduce a motorist’s vision during the winter.

  • A working set of windshield wipers and an ample supply of winter washer fluid are the best ways to optimize limited visibility.” To read the entire article click here.

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