As winter has finally arrived in the Midwest, there are a few quick, easy things you can do to make sure your vehicle is running at top shape. The cold weather, snow, ice and salt on the streets can be hard on your car. Here are a few things you can do, or quickly have checked to make sure you get through the next few months.
Coolant doesn’t just keep your car cool in the summer, it also helps keep your engine from getting corroded or your cooling system from freezing when you’re not driving. Normally, a 50/50 ratio of coolant and water is recommended for your vehicle. However, in the winter months a 60/40 ratio might work better for you. Add a little bit more coolant this time of year. Plus, make sure the coolant you’re using has ethylene glycol in it.
Put a piece of cardboard under your radiator overnight. If there are any spots, you may have a leak or crack in your radiator. The cold weather can make that worse and cause it to expand. So, if you do see spots, go ahead an take your car in to have it checked by a professional.
Check your Oil
Make sure that whatever oil you’re using is compatible with cold weather. As the temperature drops, the oil in your engine can get thicker and that starts to get hard on your engine.
Stock your Car
It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, especially in the winter. If your car were to break down or get stuck in the snow, there are a few items you’ll want to keep in your car. Check out this list of 13 things you’ll want to have with you in case of an emergency.
Tire pressure changes with the weather. Make sure your wheels are properly inflated after the cold weather hits. Here’s our post with a few tips on dealing with tire pressure in the winter.