Winterizing Tips For Your Engine
Some great tips for winter driving and taking care of your automobile. At Mechanics Central, we support the highest quality driving experience possible.
Replace that Thermostat
Your thermostat is a small, sensitive, and inexpensive part. If it fails, it can cause a number of bad things, some potentially damaging to the engine or heatercore. It can also be there reason your heat is not working or taking a long time to heat up. Replace every 24,000 miles.
Warm that Engine Up
Many engines depend on standard oil pressures to work properly. Before putting any stress on the engine, let the engine warm up for at least 15 seconds. In severe cold, we recommend 30 seconds. .
Anti-Freeze Washer Fluid
Make sure you use a washer fluid that doesn't freeze. If you have water in any reservoir on your vehicle, it risks expanding when it freezes, and damaging the reservoir. Make sure to not use any water anywhere in your vehicle unless mixing with straight anti-freeze for the cooling system.
Run Moisture Remover
During the cold months, you should periodically run fuel system cleaners that specifically remove moisture from the tank. Ice can build up in the lines and cut off pressure, or even damage fuel system components. .
Replace the Radiator Cap
A proper cooling / heating systems needs to develop a certain amount of pressure and control it. This small inexpensive part can save a lot of hassle when replaced every 24,000 miles. Always check your overflow tank for proper level when checking your oil.
Air Up Those Tires
When its colder out, the air is more dense. During the coldest months you will notice the tires a little bloopy. Check the pressure and add more air as necessary. Recommended tire pressures are almost always on a sticker in the drivers door jam.