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12/19/2018
When the weather gets colder, chances are your body will start to feel the effects of the cold. Not unlike you, your car can also suffer some negatives after a night out in the winter cold.

The Many Ways Cold Weather Affects Your Car

As you warm up by the fireplace after a long day out in the cold, don't forget about how your car can also be suffering through the winter. The cold nights can affect a number of different parts in your car, so it's worth checking up on them through the winter. If you're not sure what areas may be negatively affected by colder temperatures, this guide can help.

Dying Car Battery

Extreme temperatures, whether extreme heat or freezing cold, can negatively affect your car's battery. During the winter, subzero temperatures mean your car's battery has to work harder than usual to perform its usual duties. This added strain can cause a battery that's near its end to meet its end even faster. If you're not quite sure how old your battery is, it's a good idea to get a voltage test so that you don't get left stranded on a cold night. If you don't already have jumper cables in your trunk, be sure to get some just in case your battery needs a bit of help starting. It also helps to keep your car in the garage where it will be better protected against the cold.

Reduced Tire Pressure

During the summer, it's not uncommon for for your tire pressure to increase as a result of the heat. During the winter, the opposite is known to happen. The cold temperatures can cause your tires to lose pressure, so it's essential that you check on your tire pressure often. This reduced pressure can lead to reduced traction on the already slick and dangerous winter roads. Extremely cold temperatures can also lead your tire's rubber to get hard, reducing their ability to grip the road. If you're expecting very cold temperatures, changing your tires out for winter tires is a good idea.

Inefficient Fluids

Colder temperatures are no good when it comes to your car's fluids. As the temperatures drop, your fluids can get thicker and move more slowly as they try to perform their duties. Oftentimes, this means they aren't able to perform as efficiently as they're meant to. Before temperatures take a serious dip, check on your fluids. Replace those that are old and no longer at their best and top off those that simply aren't at the right level. If needed, look for winter grade fluids that won't freeze or become sluggish in the cold. If you're starting to prepare your car for the winter months, start off your maintenance with a synthetic oil change in Warminster. Contact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720 for the personalized service you're after. They can recommend products like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil, a synthetic oil that won't get sluggish in the cold. You can also stop by their online shop to browse all of their products.

Brittle Wiper Blades

The cold weather can lead the rubber on your windshield wiper blades to become quite brittle. As they dry out, they won't be able to keep your windshield clean during storms or in rainy weather. The cold can also lead your windshield wiper fluid to freeze, so it may be worth changing it out for a winter mix.

Fogged up Windshield

Another issue you may come across with your windshield is effectively keeping it fog-free. It's not uncommon for your windshield to fog up on the inside on cold days, so you'll need to be sure your defroster is working well. If your defroster isn't able to do its job, your visibility will be reduced. You can use a washcloth or some other type of fabric to wipe it off, but this can be quite dangerous since your focus should be on the road. Before the cold weather is in full force, take your car into the shop to get your defroster serviced. This will ensure you won't even have to think about the issues that come with your windshield getting fogged up.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Warminster

Get your car properly prepared to take on the winter with a synthetic oil change in Warminster. Contact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720 to get the product recommendations you're after. You can also stop by their online shop to check out their full range of AMSOIL Oil products.
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