Cold weather getting to you?? A customer came in this week complaining his truck made a screaming noise over the weekend. You would too — the truck was running in 40 degrees below zero! Take some time to make sure you stay safe this winter! Besides keeping your gas tank above half to avoid a frozen fuel line, there are other precautions you should be taking.
Test the battery and electrical systems
Cold weather can wreck havoc on your vehicle’s electrical system and battery; plus, you have increased power demands from the defrosters, wipers, and heating systems. If your battery is week there is more wear on your expensive starter and alternator.
A typical battery lasts 3-5 years. A simple battery test can be performed by turning on your headlights before starting the engine. If you notice the lights get brighter once the engine is running, bring your vehicle into Brown Motors as a more thorough battery test should be done.
Make sure your headlights, taillights, back up lights, and turn signals illuminate with a visual check. I’m sure you notice the other guy with the light not working; remember, your lights could be out too!
Maximize winter vision
Darkness and blinding snowstorms, coupled with shorter days, can dramatically reduce your vision during the winter months.
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and you have a full reservoir of winter formula washer fluid to optimize your visibility. There are special winter wipers equipped with protective shields if you do a lot of winter driving.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated for the cold and have adequate traction to grip the snow. You may even consider snow tires which are made from a special rubber compound to maintain subzero flexibility plus a different tread for maximum traction.
Hope these tips help keep you safe in the cold and snow this winter! Remember your friends at Brown Motors are here to help you with all your automotive needs.