How cold weather can impact your automobile – Spectrum News

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Earlier this winter, I noticed my car struggling to start in our recent frigid temperatures.
It turned out I was long overdue for a new battery!
There’s no denying our cold. Winter months can take a toll on our vehicles inside and out.
Batteries can take the brunt of that toll when temperatures fall to the single digits and especially below zero.
You should replace your car’s battery every three years, while also keeping jumper cables in your car just in case it doesn’t start while you’re out somewhere!
Testing your car’s battery before winter is also important so you can prevent any potential problems.
While it would take drastically cold temperatures (like 100 below) for your gas to freeze, the lines leading to your gas tank can have moisture collect that may freeze. Keeping your gas tank at least half full can prevent this from happening!
Staying inside the car, cold weather can affect oil as well. When temperatures drop, a car’s oil can get thicker, which causes the car to work sluggishly. When adding new or more oil to your car, try using a lower viscosity option to keep oil thin and functioning well.
Cold weather can also affect the outside of your car. We all know about salt leading to rust issues, but cold air temperatures can cause problems to windshield wipers!
Frigid temperatures can tear and crack the rubber on wipers, which can lead to dangerous driving conditions if happening while snowing.
It’s important to install new wipers right before the winter months while also looking into winter specific wipers.
And while we’re on the topic of windshields, always have plenty of washer fluid!


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