Many harmful elements of winter take a good toll on a car’s appearance, performance, and overall condition. Whether it be the extreme temperature drop, the icy crystals, or the road salts, a car will wear down during this season. These effects may seem unnoticeable during winter because of the unfavorable weather, but come spring, these will be amplified. During that time, proper care and maintenance must be assured to ensure safety in driving and to prolong the life of a vehicle.
What to check in the car
Checking Oil and Oil Filter
Different cars will need different oil for different weather. Always consult your owner’s manual for proper specifications. In spring, we recommend it to shift to a heavier weight oil, which is better suited for warmer temperatures. Doing so ensures that the engine will have proper lubrication for optimum performance.
Changing the car’s oil filter should always go hand in hand with changing the motor oil. This ensures proper filtration and eliminates the possibility of contaminating fresh oil with debris from the previous one.
Washing the undercarriage of the car
When used during winter, a car’s underbody becomes a bank for road salts, grime, and other debris. When left unattended, these elements can cause rust that may eat away a car’s body, making it not too pleasing to look at and not too safe to ride in.
To prevent this, we recommend it to hose down a car’s undercarriage at the onset of spring. The pressure on the hose must be enough that we can wash the unnecessary elements clinging under the car away. Alternatively, a movable lawn sprinkler can wash away dirt hard to remove through hosing without raising the car with jacks.
Tire pressure for winter
Important in the driver’s safety and the passengers, and in gas efficiency, the tire pressure must be checked as soon as winter has passed.
During winter, a car’s tire pressure significantly decreases. And when spring comes and the tire pressure is left unchecked, there is a big probability that the tires will be under-inflated. As a result, gas consumption will be higher than less-than-optimum pressure needs more power to move the vehicle.
To know the right tire pressure for a vehicle, an owner must consult his car’s manual. From there, we can make proper adjustments.
Keeping a car in top shape should not always be too hard. With proper knowledge, car owners can keep their cars ready for any season.