How to take care of your car in Winter?
Just as the monsoon season is about to end we are always excited as the festive season kicks in. With this, we also welcome the cold chilly winters, but this also gets in some winter car challenges as well. As most of the Northern part of India face extreme snowfall they will be facing icy roads, heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and salted roads. Whereas many parts of India will also be facing another new set of factors and problems which will be affecting your car. Hence we at MyNewCar.in have brought to you the important winter car care tips that help you prepare most effectively.
Car Health Check-Up
As basic as it may sound, it is one of the simplest and the most important aspect which should be followed after every season changes. It is recommended to get your car diagnosed and get a health check-up done at the authorised service centre. This is tip is very beneficial for places that face extreme winter as the cars there are more prone to malfunctions during these harsh climatic conditions. The basic health check-up and diagnosis will ensure that the vehicle is running smoothly and it will also help to diagnose any major problem beforehand.
Warm Up The Car
One of the most important factors that car owners face during winter is a cold start. As we are moving out to work and complete our other basic needs it is necessary to first warm up the engine before you start moving. Although with advanced technology in the new cars it isn’t a task to start your engine as compared to the older vehicles. But it is recommended to run the engine on idle for 3-5 minutes without harsh acceleration, as this will help the engine oil to circulate more efficiently and also offer a smooth ride. In addition to this, as the engine oil is circulated efficiently in the entire engine, it also reduces wear and tear.
It is recommended to check the charge of the battery and if it is being charged with the optimum value. If the battery is low or if the charge is about to deplete it will surely cause problems while starting your car and there is a good chance that it will die during winter. As the batteries consist of distilled water that helps in the chemical reaction, it can also freeze due to harsh temperatures. This will lead to permanent damage to the cells, hence it is advised to run a check-up for the battery and work on any problems beforehand.
Maintaining optimum tyre pressure is one of the important tips which should be followed. Air expands when it is hot and contracts when it cools down, hence we see that during summers the tyre pressure in the car increases, whereas during winters the tyre pressure decreases. To maintain optimum tyre pressure, it is recommended to frequently run tyre pressure checks.
Working of Headlights, Taillights and Fog Lamps
Along with the drop in temperature during winters, one of the main factors that also have to be taken into factor is fog. During heavy fog like conditions the visibility drops tremendously, hence one must ensure that that lighting system of the cars is working properly. It is recommended to have a thorough check if the headlights, fog lamps and taillights are working. The fog lamps play the most important role as they can pierce through fog, whereas the taillights and the rear fog lamps help to alert the drivers behind your car. For older cars, it is recommended to get an aftermarket fog lamps setup fitted if they do not have one.
Coolant or Anti-Freeze Level
As we all know that a coolant is used to keep the engine cool and save the engine from overheating. Similarly, during winters, the coolant functions as an antifreeze during winters. The chemicals in the coolant ensure that the engine doesn’t freeze up and it ensures that the temperature in the engine is regulated. Hence it is recommended to have a thorough check of the coolant level and maintain it according to the factory recommended standards.
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