In this post, we look at the top 5 tips for getting your car winter-ready. The list includes checking your battery condition, installing winter tires, using the correct oil and antifreeze, and installing new wiper blades, if necessary. Contact us at Hansma if you are getting your car winter ready.
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1. Check Your Antifreeze And Other Fluid Levels
Antifreeze serves a triple purpose in that it resists corrosion, prevents your engine from overheating in the summer and stops it from freezing in the winter. Make sure that your Antifreeze mix is at least 50-50. If you have a habit of topping up the level with water, we recommend that you get your antifreeze strength checked before the first freeze. If your antifreeze is under strength it may freeze and damage your engine block, resulting in expensive repairs.
2. Examine Your Wiper Blades
Winter is especially difficult on wiper blades as they tend to be used more often, and in a harsher climate. Freezing rain and ice can damage and warp your blades. This makes it difficult for you to wipe your windshield effectively. Wiper blades that are specially designed for Canadian winters are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Don't risk driving with a dirty windshield due to inadequate wipers.
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3. Change Oil
Many people don't realize that oils come in a variety of viscosities. Your winter oil should be of a lower viscosity than your summer oil. This is because cold weather causes your oil to thicken, making it more difficult for it to lubricate your engine's components. Use a thicker or more viscous oil in the summer as the hotter weather will thin your oil, again making it ineffective in lubricating your engine. If you are unsure what viscosity you should be using, check with a qualified professional auto technician.
4. Check Battery Strength & Carry An Emergency Kit
No one wants to be stuck outdoors with a dead battery in a Canadian winter. Colder weather reduces your battery's power, thus increasing the likelihood that it will fail to start on a cold winter day. Have your battery strength tested, and if in doubt, get a new one. Take time to ensure that the battery terminals are clean. Carry an emergency kit that includes warm clothes a flashlight, a blanket or two and booster cables.
5. Put On Winter Tires
You cannot control the extreme weather conditions that we face in Canada, but you can ensure that the one component of your vehicle that maintains contact with the vehicle is winter ready. Winter tires improve your vehicles traction in the snow, but make sure that they are in good condition, not worn, properly inflated and without road damage of any kind.
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Where is Hansma Located?
You can find Hansma Automotive at 88 Shoemaker Street, Kitchener. Book an appointment to ensure your car is ready and try out your local car repair mechanic experts superior service. We have been servicing the Kitchener - Waterloo area for more than 20 years.