At Simply Autos, we pride ourselves on helping our customers find the best used cars in Las Vegas. We also understand that part of automobile ownership is being prepared for the weather. Make no mistake – winter is hard on cars, especially older ones.
With the following eight tips, however, you and your car will be prepared for the coldest season of the year.
- Proper Maintenance: regular maintenance goes a long way in keeping a car running well through the winter. Regular upkeep on fluid levels, spark plugs, wiring, battery maintenance, brake pads, and other common upkeep makes sure that any minor issues won’t become major problems when winter comes.
- Check the Antifreeze: before the winter comes, be sure to check your car’s antifreeze levels. Aside from preventing engine overheating, it also keeps a car’s engine fluids from freezing in the winter. Make sure it’s topped off and a proper 50/50 antifreeze and water mix.
- Wipers and Windshield Fluid: make sure your windshield wipers are in working condition and replace them if needed. Also make sure your windshield washer fluid is full and consider using washer fluid formulated for de-icing to remove snow and ice.
- Tires: make sure your tires are in good condition and add air if needed as temperature changes can reduce tire air pressure. Snow tires or chains are also advisable depending on where you tend to drive and overall local conditions.
- Change the Oil: temperature changes affect how hot or cold a car’s engine runs. Before the cold weather comes, change your oil. If the weather regularly gets below freezing, consider switching to a less viscous (meaning thinner) oil when the temperature starts to drop.
- Check the Battery Cables: colder weather reduces battery power. To assure proper battery operation, make sure the battery itself is functional and check the battery cables. Cracks in the connectors or damaged cables are signs that the cables should be replaced.
- Dealing with Frozen Locks: in extreme cold, locks can freeze. Trying to force these locks open can damage a car’s key or the lock itself. Many automobile parts stores carry de-icing sprays specifically designed to defrost a frozen lock. Keeping a de-icing spray in your home or at your workplace will keep frozen car locks from being an issue.
- Emergency Kit: having an emergency is advisable at all times of the year, not just the winter. A good one should contain some combination of the following items: blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit, flares, a portable radio, and replacement car fluids such as antifreeze, oil, and windshield washer fluid.
At Simply Autos, we know that by being properly prepared for cold weather, you can greatly reduce the odds of being in an accident, stuck on the side of the road, broken down, stuck in the snow, or left away from home with a car that refuses to start.
If you’re in the market for a great used car to get you through the winter, please visit us online to check out our inventory and special pricing.