Is Your Car Ready for Another Tennessee Winter?
Remember last winter? Or the winter before? It’d be 45 degrees one day, and two days later it’d be 15 degrees with a foot of snow on the ground!
You need to be ready for whatever happens, so here’s a brief checklist for your vehicle:
Tires: What kind of shape are your tires in? Plenty of tread? Fully inflated all the way around? We don’t often have a need for winter tires in Tennessee, but you never know. If you opt for winter tires, just remember that they need to be changed once the temps get above 40 degrees or so; their soft rubber formulation wears quickly in warmer weather.
Oil change: If you haven’t used synthetic oil in the past, this might be a good time to make the switch. Synthetic is more stable at the molecular level and won’t thicken up in cold weather or thin out in hot temps, meaning it offers better engine protection in wintertime.\
Battery: It takes more amperage to turn your engine over in wintertime, and cold temperatures compromise the chemical process in your battery that enables it to store electricity. Make sure your battery and charging system are ready for cold weather!
Cooling system: This one’s a no-brainer. Your antifreeze prevents freeze-ups as well as boilovers. If you can’t remember the last time your antifreeze was changed, it’s easy for a technician to analyze its condition by its specific gravity.
Finish: A good coat of wax will help your car’s finish repel ice , snow and road salt in wintertime.
Door locks: This one’s a little obscure, but you may remember what it’s like to try to unlock your car after an ice storm. Coat your door key with a light silicon lubricant and insert it repeatedly into the door lock to lubricate the lock’s tumblers.
You can’t do anything about the weather, but you can at least up your odds of getting through it with minimal trouble. Got any questions or concerns about winterization? Make an appointment with us at American Tire Company, and stay safe out there this winter!