Delaware winters can be harsh, but there are a few things you can do to streamline your vehicle ownership experience as the cold weather sets in. In fact, preparing your car for winter is easy if you follow these tips from us here at Union Park Buick GMC.
Change the Oil
Whether you’re a DIY owner or someone who prefers letting professional technicians perform routine service, changing the oil in your car is an absolute necessity. Summer heat tends to cause oil to thin while winter will cause it to thicken.
The cold weather, combined with sheer use, will cause old oil to fall short of performing its three jobs in the engine block as well as new oil. Since oil cools the engine, lubricates parts, and prevents carbon buildup, an oil change for winter is important.
Check the Battery
In addition to your engine lagging to start during winter, your vehicle’s battery will see reduced capacity as well. That means a weak battery might not have enough juice to actually start the vehicle.
Check the battery for cracks, bumps, and other abnormalities to ensure it’s safe to use. If the battery if more than a few years old, it might be a good idea to invest in a new one to avoid a breakdown on the side of the road.
Create an Emergency Kit
Getting stuck on the side of the road isn’t fun, but an emergency kit can help you wait for roadside assistance. Pack your winter emergency kit with a flashlight with extra batteries, a blanket, warm clothes, and cat litter or sand (for traction). Doing so will help you get back on the road, or at least make your wait much more bearable.
If your vehicle needs some maintenance before the cold sets in, stop by Union Park Buick GMC today.