Prepare My Car For Winter in Columbus Ohio.
9 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather (from WikiHow)
- Prepare your car for winter driving according to the worst weather you can expect in your area. Winter weather will find the overlooked weakness if your preparation is incomplete.
- Check your anti-freeze. Antifreeze, also called coolant, is a colored fluid (most often green, red or orange) found in your radiator. Antifreeze has a key role, aside from transferring heat away from the engine. Using antifreeze in your car prevents rust and corrosion from building up on your cooling system.
- If you have a garage, then use it for sheltering your car. It will help protect the paint job, help decrease the amount of ice buildup on windshields, and reduce chances of various liquids freezing.
- Confirm that your heater system works correctly and the core doesn’t leak, the blower works and the window defroster is operating.
- Inspect the windshield wipers and replace them if they are worn or have become hardened. Windshield wiper fluid with antifreeze added to it will help reduce its freezing.
- Examine the car’s electrical system, particularly the battery and charging arrangement.
- Maintain fluids regularly.
- An older car in an area that has temperatures that fall below freezing often uses 30-weight single viscosity oil. You need to go to a lower viscosity oil, like a 10-weight, when the temperature falls below zero and stays there.
- This also applies to your automatic transmission fluid. Higher weight oils and transmission fluids do not lubricate sufficiently in colder weather.
- Expect to have “square tires” after you have had the car sitting for a while.(Like overnight.) The warm air in your tires rises. As it cools the bottom of the tire goes “flat”. This will resolve itself once you begin to drive and the air starts to circulate again. But start off slowly.
- Prepare an emergency kit to keep in your trunk. An emergency kit should contain an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.