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Winter Care Care Tips for 2018

It’s getting colder every day during this winter season. You might find a few tips on how to drive comfortably during the winter. However, you also need to know the best way to guarantee reliability and improve your car’s durability during the harsh cold months. Here are some useful tips. 

•    Don’t make a cold start of your engine during the cold months. Rather, turn on the ignition and leave it for 5 minutes before turning on the starter motor. It gives the Fuel pumps enough time to pressurize. Additionally, the electrical system in your car gets enough time to complete the diagnostics check thus saving enough battery charge before churning the engine.  

•    Depress the clutch pedal when you’re starting the car. It prevents the starter motor from rotating the gearbox within the thick and cold transmission oil. It’s lesser stress on the battery as well as the starter and once your engine starts, you should slowly release the clutch pedal. 

•    You should avoid revving your engine by blipping your throttle immediately after a cold start. If it’s cold, your engine oil will take a longer time to reach the moving parts. Therefore, needlessly revving the engine increases the wearing out and wastes a lot of fuel. Don’t run your engine in an enclosed space since the exhaust gases are poisonous even with the modern vehicles.

•    It’s not advisable to subject your cold engine to heavy loads suddenly. Once your engine starts, you should let it sit idle for about ten seconds without any load immediately after selecting a gear.

•    Make sure your Engine oil is at the optimum temperature to guarantee the best protection. You should increase your engine revs and load it progressively allowing the engine to warm up. It will take longer for the lubricating oil to reach the optimum temperature than the coolant.

•    It will be harder to engage some of the lower gears at speed since the transmission oil is thicker at lower temperatures. Therefore, let the transmission warm up thoroughly and you can facilitate the process through double-declutching.

•    If there are any electrical accessories not in use, you should turn them off. Leaving things such as heated seats, rear windows and mirrors turned on will deprive the battery the required current for charging.

•    If you’re always covering many short journeys, it’s tough for your battery to warm up completely during winter. If you take a few miles every day, you should opt for a long drive once every two weeks allowing the battery to recharge and if you have fitted your car with a particulate filter, it should regenerate on diesel fueled cars.

•    If anything brushes past the dirt on the paint, it will abrade. It’s prudent to wash your car regularly. You should direct a hose beneath the floor or wheel arches to remove the corrosive salty deposits. You can also clean the alloy wheels to reduce any risk of corrosion.

•    Your engine coolant should contain anti-freeze of about 30% to 50% strength. A lower concentration often leads to freezing. On the other hand, if the concentration is too high, the ability of the solution to disperse heat will be reduced considerably. 

•    If there is a crack or a nick in the windscreen it’s best get it looked at. Nowadays, these can be repaired before you require new auto glass. 

•    Don’t drive through deep water. The air intake is always located below and if any water is sucked into the engine, it’s likely going to cause severe damage. If the flood water soaks through the car’s carpets, the electric components located near or on the floor plan will be ruined completely.

•    You should allow the windscreen wipers some time to park then switch the column stalk off before alighting the vehicle. If you operate the wipers when you return, they will be frozen and it could blow a fuse. You’re also going to damage the wiper blades as well as the motor and the mechanism in place.

•    Your tire pressures are going to reduce with the drop in temperature so you should check them at least once every week. If your car is running on tires without enough pressure, it will be tough to enhance the grip. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm, so any depth below 2.0mm will have a reduced grip when driving on wet roads.

•    Don’t forget to open the bonnet to check if there are any rotting or dead leaves blocking the air vents. If the cabin is misted, you should use the air conditioning. It will defog the interior and using the air conditioning system regularly keeps it in the best operational conditions.

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