As summer gives way to fall, it’s the best time to take a look under the hood of your car (and other places as well) to prepare for winter.
Extremes in temperature are the busiest times for wrecker services. 10 degree mornings can be just as taxing on your car as 100 degree scorchers. Why?
I know it’s hard to think about this now, while the weather is so beautiful, but very cold iron and aluminum contracts. Tolerances get tighter inside your engine. The viscosity of oil increases and resists flowing to where it’s needed. Unprotected coolant can freeze and cause your engine to crack.
Whether you’re a do-it-yourself type, or you are a regular at your neighborhood mechanic’s garage, you are responsible for ensuring that your car is ready for winter. Here are ten things you must do to prepare your car now for winter driving, from a list at howstuffworks.com. Personally, I’d have made check your battery the number one item. The vast majority of our service calls in cold winter weather are for a dead battery.
Please do yourself and your family a favor and ensure these things are checked, for your safety and convenience.
Tip 10: Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car
Tip 9: Make Sure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works
Tip 8: Check Your Car’s Belts and Hoses
Tip 7: Replace Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid
Tip 6: Check Your Defrosting and Heating Units
Tip 5: Keep Your Fuel Tank Full
Tip 4: Put in the Right Amount of Antifreeze
Tip 3: Check Your Oil and Oil Viscosity
Tip 2: Check Your Battery
Tip 1: Check Your Tire Pressure and Consider Snow Tires
One that isn’t on the list, is to save our number in your phone. Think of the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that you have someone who will help you! Even if you’re in another part of the country, we will happily search and find the best provider for your location and situation.
Oklahoma Towing & Recovery (405) 896-0606