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11/09/2017
As you start preparing for a cold winter, don't forget to also prepare your car. If you want to get the best performance out of your vehicle this winter, use these tips to prepare it.

Get Your Car Ready for the Winter Roads

Just like many of us don't enjoy having to go to work or running errands on those unbearably cold winter days, neither do our cars. In fact, the cold weather can negatively affect your car if it's not adequately prepared for the season. Before winter has a chance to arrive, be sure your car is ready to take it on.

Wash Your Car Often

Washing your car isn't all about having the brightest and shiniest car on your block, it can actually help keep your car in better shape. If you're expecting snow, expect road salt as well. While this is great for clearing the roads, it's also known to be very corrosive. This and other debris that can get stuck to your car can cause rust formation and corrosion. Be sure to remove any snow, leaves, and other debris that can pile up on your car overnight. Also, be sure to wash your car often, paying extra attention to the undercarriage. Don't forget to give it a new coat of wax for added protection.

Check Your Coolant

Your coolant, also known as anti-freeze, can help keep your engine from freezing on the coldest of days. Before winter arrives, be sure you have plenty left in your radiator and check the cooling system for leaks and other issues. Using a mix of coolant and water can help prevent your coolant from freezing on extremely cold days. Check your owner's manual for the correct information regarding your specific vehicle. If you're not sure how to check or top off your coolant, these instructions can help.

Replace Your Oil

The cold temperatures can really take a toll on your engine so it's important that it's adequately prepared with the proper oil. As temperatures drop, conventional oil tends to thicken up and become more sluggish. This can leave your engine unprotected, especially on cold starts. To avoid leaving your engine exposed to potential damage, be sure to use a synthetic oil which is made to perform better no matter how cold temperatures get. If you're planning to give your car a synthetic oil change yourself, don't forget to also replace your oil filter! To find a great synthetic oil for your car and get the best-personalized attention, contact the oil experts at Synthetic Oil Direct. You can get all the help you need by calling them at (215) 834-8720.  Their experts can give you oil recommendations, like AMSOIL's XL 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil, which can protect your engine in all temperatures.

Fill up Your Tank

Another fluid you should always keep an eye on is your fuel. Do your best to keep your tank full or as close to full as possible. Not only will this reduce the possibility of water getting in your tank and causing rust formation, it can also be a lifesaver. If you get stranded on the road, having plenty of fuel will allow you to keep your heater running while you wait for help. You also don't want to run out of fuel and get stranded in the cold. Before any trip, stop at the gas station and ensure you have enough fuel to get to your destination and back home.

Test Your Battery

The cold can really take a toll on your battery because it has to work harder to keep your car going. The last thing you want this winter is a dead battery, so be sure to get it tested. If you're heading to the mechanic, have them test your battery's power. This can let you know if your battery will make it through the winter or not. Generally speaking, if your battery has been in use for over three years it's likely close to its end. Don't hesitate to change it now in order to avoid getting stranded due to a dead battery.

Carry an Emergency Kit

Before taking your car out on the road, be sure you have a well-supplied emergency kit somewhere in your vehicle. To start, always have a spare tire and the right tools to change a flat. It doesn't hurt to check on your spare every once in a while just to be sure it's well inflated and ready for use. Next, ensure you have some extra fluids, including oil, windshield wiper fluid, and coolant. Other items you should always have include a flashlight, a shovel, gloves, boots, and a blanket or warm coat. All of these items will help you if you run into car trouble this winter.

Synthetic Oil Change in Warminster

Before taking your car out on the road this winter, be sure to give it a synthetic oil change. To find the perfect products for your next oil change, contact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720. Don't forget that you can also check out their full range of products in their online shop.
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