Winter weather and low temperatures can take a toll on your vehicle. Getting stuck out in the cold is never a good situation, so it is good to be prepared before you run into any issues. Here are some things to watch out for and ways to avoid common cold weather car problems.

Battery Service LightDead Battery

Your worst nightmare is going outside on a freezing morning and not being able to start your car. It is a good idea to get your battery tested before winter sets in to make sure you don’t end up stranded. Batteries typically last about 3-5 years, however older one may have more difficulty handling the cold. Extremely low temperatures, anything below 30°F, pull voltage from the battery, making it more difficult to start your car. Keeping your car in a garage, if you have access to one, is a way to ensure you are able to start it even when the temperature outside drops.

Thicker Fluids

Due to simple chemistry, fluids become more viscous, or thicker, during colder weather. As the temperature drops, atomic particles slow down, and your typical liquids begin to lose fluidity. This can become very apparent in your car’s functions during the winter months. The main liquids that will be affected are oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids. Is it always a good idea to let your car warm up a little longer when it is cold out to give it time to heat up all the fluids and internal components before driving. This helps everything function more efficiently and reduces your chances of causing any damage.

Low Tire Pressure

As a general rule, you should always check your tire pressure as the seasons change, regardless of whether it is warming up or cooling off outside. Tire pressure can change 1 pound per square inch (psi) with every 10°F temperature change. Having the proper tire pressure is important when it comes to tire performance. Over-inflated tires have more trouble in the heat. Under-inflated tires are more subject to damage during snowy or icy conditions. Keeping a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment can be handy if you are unsure of your tire pressure.

At Autologic of Greensboro, NC we are equipped to address vehicle maintenance needs all year round. Our staff is committed to providing quality services with integrity. Stop in this fall to make sure your vehicle is in good shape to handle the upcoming cold months. Contact us at (336) 510-7823 or come see us at 1223 Grecade St., Greensboro, NC.