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If you reside in a cold region, you should know of a few special ways to take care of your car’s engine in the winters. The sudden drop in temperature can significantly affect the performance of your car engine and hence, it becomes mighty important for you to maintain the same periodically with as much care as possible.
Here are a few engine maintenance tips that can come in handy for you, especially during the tome of the winters.
Changing the oil regularly
I’ll start this point with a universal truth. Dirty oil is really harmful for your engine. And by that, I certainly don’t mean that it’s bad only for a specific time of the year i.e. winter only. In fact, it’s bad for your engine at any time of the year.
But in the winters, the degree of notoriety of dirty oil increases by a notch or two. That’s because colder temperature makes oil more viscous in comparison to that of its initial stage, meaning that if the oil’s dirty, it’ll be even thicker.
Always remember that thick oil doesn’t have an easy flow through the engine. Therefore, it’s always advisable to change your oil as soon as possible before the temperature goes down.
Is your cooling system working well?
The cooling system consists of the radiator, water pump, thermostat and coolant. They play a big role to prevent overheating.
But do you know that the engine coolant can get contaminated very easily? Therefore, it’s advisable to have your cooling system serviced before winter just to ensure that the mixture is right up to the mark and is in perfect working condition.
One of the most important considerations for coolant’s the amount of antifreeze. If too much water has entered into the cooling system, it might be very possible for the coolant to actually freeze when the temperature goes down in the winters. This can actually block the flow of the coolant which, in turn can lead to engine overheating.
The solution is to make sure that the cooling system at least has a 50% amount of antifreeze.
Replacing your fuel filter can be a very good idea if you haven’t done it in a while
The fuel filter helps to protect your engine from particles and harmful sediments in the gas. The fuel filter helps to catch any particle or debris that act as a threat on the engine and helps to keep the same trapped in a canister.
If the fuel filter has been in place for a long time at a stretch, it might be a good idea to replace it as soon as possible, especially before the winters to ensure a smooth engine performance.
Performing a vehicle tune up
It’s an excellent idea to perform at least a yearly vehicle tune-up just before winter.
You can do this tune up all by yourself if you are qualified enough or you can take your vehicle to a professional at a later date for a complete though tune up. Whatever you do, just make sure that you get the following items checked as well as replaced as per requirements:
Belts and hoses
Air filter and air intake
Always warm up your engine before you go for the drive
If you reside in a cold climate, it’d definitely be wise for you to warm up the engine before going for the drive.
You can do it through the aid of a remote car starter or you can actually allow your car to stay idle for around 30 seconds at a stretch before taking it out for the drive. That 30 second warm up period can help a lot in warming up the engine. Such a practice can definitely benefit you a lot in the cold winter period.
Want to store your car over the winter period?
You might think of storing your car during the cold winter period for any reason whatsoever. But to ensure that it stays in the perfect working condition, you need to do the following things:
Fill the fuel tank to the brim. This helps to reduce oxidation.
Include a fuel stabilizer.
Disconnect the wiring control for the fuel pump.
Seal off any opening like the exhaust pipes placed right below your number plates to prevent any form of infestation.
Maintaining your car’s engine is a tedious job indeed. But you need to do it religiously to ensure the fact that your car stays in a perfect working condition especially during the winters. Always remember that prevention is better than cure. A step today can save you a lot of hassle for tomorrow. So decide wisely.