You know the feeling. Running to your car, only to have to wait a few minutes for it to heat up as you sit there shaking and blowing warm air onto your hands. The good thing is that the heat does eventually kick in. The bad news is that this extreme drop in weather could be damaging your vehicle. Let’s take a look at some of the ways the cold weather is damaging your vehicle, according to this AccuWeather.com post.
5 car issues to look out for this winter
1. Your battery could go dead
Unless your car is parked in a garage at all times, especially when the weather drops below 30 degrees, your vehicle is most likely at a risk when the weather gets frigid. One for sure way to avoid your car’s battery dying is to have it tested. According to this post, a typical battery will last three years and for the most part can handle cold weather. Extreme cold weather can pull the voltage from your battery, which is why it makes it difficult for the car to start.
2. Fluids thicken with cold temperatures
As the temperature drops dramatically, all of the fluids in your vehicle will begin to thicken. This includes fluids such as oil, antifreeze, power steering and more. The only way to avoid this from happening is to always check your fluids.
3. Losing tire pressure
When the temperature drops, you lose a little bit in your tire pressure. In fact, for every 10 degree drop, you lose 1 inch of tire pressure. Make sure to continue to check your tire pressure as the weather gets colder and colder. An under-inflated tire is particularly damaging in icy or snowy conditions.
4. Wipers and washers solvents failing
Before you turn on your wipers, you need to make sure you have a clean windshield. Why is that? The blades could get torn and wiper transmissions could break because freezing weather could overpower the freezing point of windshield wiper fluid. This is why many people put their windshield wipers up when it snows.
5. Spark plug reliability weakens during winter months
A bad spark plug could be jeopardized when the temperature drops, in addition to the ignition and clogged filter. Before the temperature even drops, it is recommended that you make sure that the vehicle is in top shape.
When it comes to your vehicle, you need to make sure it is always being treated with the utmost care. The professionals at Premier Luxury Rentals always make your vehicle their #1 priority and take great pride in offering superior services with guaranteed quality results. Call 215-636-0636 or visit www.plrautospa.com to make your next appointment.