Keith Hartman
Wichita, KS
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Like most humans, most cars don't particularly enjoy the cold. In fact, the cold may even cause your vehicle to malfunction. To prevent this from happening, use these tips.

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

If you notice you car has more trouble functioning properly over the winter months, you're not alone. Most cars will be negatively affected by colder temperatures, which is why you need to take the proper steps to winterize your vehicle. Use these simple tips to get started.

Test Your Battery

It's no secret that car batteries are negatively affected by colder temperatures. As temperatures dip lower and lower, your battery will have to work harder to keep your car going. After sitting in the cold all night, your battery may not even want to start. This, of course, is more common with older batteries. In order to ensure you don't get stranded due to a dead battery this winter, get it tested. If you're heading to the mechanic already, ask them to test your battery's voltage while you're there. This will let you know if you're better off replacing it or if your battery can make it through the winter without issue.

Top off Your Antifreeze

Without antifreeze, your car may suffer some serious damage no matter the season. During the winter, your antifreeze will be very important because it is what keeps the water in your engine's cooling system from freezing. If this water is allowed to freeze, it can cause cracks and other damage to the radiator and other important components. To prevent this from happening, be sure you're using the proper mix of water and antifreeze. If you're running low on this fluid, top it off before hitting the road.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change

Another important fluid you need to check on is your vehicle's oil. As temperatures get closer to freezing, you may notice your conventional oil is starting to get thicker and more sluggish. This can cause it to leave parts of your engine unprotected, especially on cold starts. We probably don't have to tell you that this is no good for the wellbeing of your engine. To prevent premature engine wear, make the switch to a synthetic oil this season. A synthetic oil will hold onto its properties no matter how low temperatures get. Don't forget to also replace your vehicle's oil filter for the best results. Be sure your engine is properly taken care of by giving your car a synthetic oil change. For expert advice and personalized attention, contact the oil experts at Hartmans Inc at (316) 686-1069. They can recommend products like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.

Fill up Your Tank

Having a full tank of gas is great during any season, but may be more beneficial during the winter. To start, if you get stranded on the side of the road, having fuel in your tank will allow you to keep your heater going while you wait for help to arrive. A full tank of gas will also reduce the chances of condensation developing in your fuel tank. If condensation is allowed to develop, it can lead to rust which can then mix into your fuel and fuel system. Before heading out on a long trip, be sure you're prepared with enough fuel to make it to your destination.

Wash Your Car

If you are dealing with storms and other inclement weather this season, you will need to wash your car often. We know that washing your car only to have it snowed on can be frustrating, but it is necessary. Snow, rain, and other substances can be quite corrosive and may be causing damage to your car's exterior. To prevent this, wash your car often. If you are driving through snowy roads, your car probably also being affected by road salt. These can be extremely corrosive, so be sure to pay extra attention to your car's undercarriage when washing it. A layer of wax is not a bad idea since this can shield your car's paint from damage this season.

Carry an Emergency Kit

Be prepared for any emergency this season by carrying an emergency kit in your trunk. To start, be sure you have a spare tire and the necessary tools to change a tire. Don't forget to ensure your spare is properly inflated and ready for use. Next, pack some extra fluids in your trunk just in case you start to run low on oil, antifreeze, or even windshield washer fluid. Other items you should include in your emergency kit are flashlights, batteries, gloves, boots, a shovel, and a blanket.

Synthetic Oil Change in Wichita

As winter quickly approaches, don't wait too long before getting a synthetic oil change. Contact Hartmans Inc at (316) 686-1069 for expert tips and advice. You can also check out their full range of AMSOIL Oil products by visiting their online shop.


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