Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

Since the winter cold wind is in the air, here are some handy winter car tips we provide for you.

The Battery. Have some time to check on your battery, this will save you precious time on starting your car or avoiding a bogged down car. Boost up your battery with distilled water routinely, so the cells don’t dry out. Keep in mind not to use tap water! Corrosion can happen during the winter time, which looks like white or green growth around the terminals; this should be wiped away. If it’s too thick to remove, look into the kitchen for some bicarbonate or soda water. Make a glue of this by including some water, then brush it onto the terminals and wash off with hot water. If that doesn’t work, it may be ideal to buy new terminals. Ensure you don’t do any of this work on the yard or in your carport. The acid in the battery will kill the garden or leave white stains on the driveway.

The Tires. All tires, including the spare, should be inflated to the correct pressure. Look in the car owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s specifications. During the winter time, because of the cold temperature tire pressure tends to be low on reading. The difference in the tire pressure affects the grip of the tires when driving.

The Windshield. Keep your windscreen clean during the cooler weather. Dirt on the windscreen can limit your visibility when driving towards a low sun. For maximum visibility, windows should be cleaned regularly with a dedicated cleaner for the windshield but you can make your own by using dishwashing liquid dissolved in water.

The Windscreen Wipers. Once the winter rains begin, it’s important your wipers are up to the job. If they are perished or cracked they’ll be unable to wipe the glass effectively, causing streaks, smearing, and loss of visibility. They crack because of the cold temperature. Replace the wiper rubbers when the blades fail to wipe clean the windshield or chatter across the glass. When you wash your car, lift the blade from the screen, rinse with clean water and look for evidence of deterioration. Check if the reservoir bottle has a sufficient fluid level.

Put your car in the Garage. Try to park your vehicle under cover at night and try to avoid parking your car on the lawn overnight as damp rising from the lawn condenses on engine and ignition parts leading to current leakage. Condensation forming on the underside of the bonnet can lead to rust development.

Now you know this winter tips, be ready to hit the road and never get left behind. If you happen to find replacement parts for your car, visit us at New York City Auto Salvage and Glass. We will look after you. Just dial 718-297-9797.

 

 

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