The upcoming winter months are not only hard on you, but are hard on your vehicle. You can make winter a bit easier by winterizing your vehicle and preparing for a bad day now – before it gets cold. Bill DeLord can also help you get your vehicle ready for winter by using window washer fluid with antifreeze in it and, if you get your vehicle detailed, by using a wax that protects the paint from the winter slush.
Frozen Door Locks
If you’ve ever gone out to leave for work and found that you couldn’t get in your vehicle, you know how frustrating that can be. Pouring warm water over the door locks doesn’t always work. If you store a tube of glycerine at home and another tube at work, you’ll be ready for the day Old Man Winter freezes you out of your vehicle. Don’t keep it in the glove box – it won’t do you any good. And, don’t keep it in the trunk, either, since that lock could freeze.
If you run 5W-30 year ‘round, you shouldn’t have a problem with the oil, however, if you run 10W-30 during the warmer months, you want to change to 5W-30 – a less viscous oil – during the cold months.
Engine coolant has many jobs. It keeps the interior of the engine from rusting and keeps the engine from overheating. However, it also keeps the water in the engine block from freezing during the winter months. If it’s been some time since you’ve had your cooling system flushed, you should do it before the cold sets it. If you are not sure of which percentage of coolant to water your vehicle takes and you can’t find your owner’s manual, stop by Bill DeLord to have the cooling system serviced.
Many people never think of this, however, it is important that you update your vehicle’s emergency kit for the winter months. Even if you have a brand new vehicle, you never know what might cause you to get stuck. You could slide off the road or might be involved in a crash through no fault of your own. The emergency kit will definitely come in handy.
It should include extra blankets, flares, a first aid kit, boots, a hand-crank radio, engine oil, flashlight, washer fluid, coolant, extra hats and gloves, water and food. The food can be dried food such as dried fruit, beef jerky, crackers or even chips.