Category Archives: Winterization

10 Steps To Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Winter is right around the corner…So this means… Cold temps makes it harder for your engine to start Rain, snow and ice will limit traction Cold temps to cause windshields to fog up and reduce visibility WE MUST PREPARE BECAUSE we all can’t move SOUTH can we…  But…with proper winterization of your vehicle you can be more prepared to take on the harsh winter weather. 10 Simple Steps To Winterize 1. Tires – What condition are your tires in?                Low Tread Depth on tires will increase your chances of hydro-planning or sliding on ice and snow. Also, if your tires are                Old Tires (over 7 years old) they will harden and crack and again will not work as well and will have a better chance ... read more

Organize Your Garage For Winter

Summer is on the way out, fall is standing by, and winter seems like a long time away. But it will be here soon and before long we’ll be watching the snow fall, hearing the sleet clatter, or shudder as ice coats the street. This when you need a place to put your car. How about the garage? Oh wait, you spent the summer piling water skis, bikes, camping gear, golf clubs and kiddie pools in it and now you can barely see from one side to the other much less put a car in there. It’s time to get organized and fall is a great time to do it. It’s not hard to make room and it will take some time. But it can be done. Maximize space with some good storage shelves, cabinets or pegboards. Hang ladders on hooks screwed into the walls. Bikes and scooters can be place there as well. Shelves that can be moved around are also a great idea as you may want to add or remove storage. Consider using the spa ... read more

Driving Tips For Icy Roads

It may seem like summer was just here and already we’re saying hello to Christmas and winter weather. And with snow and ice brings driving in snow and ice and that can be an unnerving, and potentially dangerous, experience. But knowing how to handle a car on icy roads can keep you and your family safe on the way to grandma’s house. First of all keeping your car in good shape is critical to safe driving in winter. Good tires with proper pressure, relatively new windshield wiper blades and a full washer reservoir will help when the snow, ice and slush start to fall. An emergency kit is also a good idea if you plan to drive a long distance on the highway. Clean your car before you head out. Sweep off snow and scrape ice from the entire surface of your car before you drive away. Flying ice and snow can be hazardous for other drivers around you. And now you’re driving and condi ... read more

The Dangers Of A Frozen Car Battery

As you may have found out the hard way, a dead battery can put a real crimp in your day. It’s the number one winter automotive problem and when your battery dies you’re stopped in your tracks. Cold temperatures will reduce your battery voltage and combined with the age of your battery can keep you home when you need to be mobile. Is this your car battery? But if you do discover a dead battery when you head out in the morning take care when attempting to revive it. If it’s been a few days since you’ve driven or it’s excessively cold your battery can actually freeze and jumpstarting a frozen battery can be disastrous. If your car cranks even a tiny bit your battery probably isn’t frozen and it’s ok to proceed with the cables but if you turn the key and hear absolutely nothing there’s a chance you hav ... read more

Some Advice On Antifreeze

Even though we haven’t seen much snow this winter we’ve seen some cold temperatures. So it’s important that the antifreeze in your car be mixed correctly. So who better to ask than The Car Talk guys to get the absolute gospel about all things antifreeze. For most areas you’ll need a 50/50 mix of coolant to water. Don’t be tempted to try 100% because it will freeze, it won’t transfer heat away from and may even harm your engine. Here’s a little diagram to help: Protection Freeze-up Protection Boilover Protection Corrosion Protection Minimum 50% anti-freeze 50% Water -34ºF +265ºF Exceeds all ASTM and SAE standards for corrosion protection Maximum 70% anti-freeze 30% Water -84ºF +276ºF If you’re unsure about the existing mixture of coolant there’s a handy little device that you can buy from an auto parts store. It sucks up a little bit of coolant from the radiator o ... read more

Can The Gasoline In Your Car Freeze?

On January 23, 1971 the town of Prospect Creek recorded Alaska’s and the United States’ coldest temperature of 79.8 below zero. So far it’s the lowest recorded temperature anywhere in the country. Which means things were probably running pretty slow from the faucets to the citizens. But what about the cars? Granted back then the quality of engines and the quality of coolant wasn’t up to modern standards but suppose that temperature was recorded today. Would the gas in your car freeze? Here’s some science for you from the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Gasoline doesn’t really have just one freezing temperature, and in fact, gasoline isn’t made out of just one kind of molecule, but many different hydrocarbons. If you get it cold enough, it will get pretty hard. Freezing is a phase cha ... read more

Tips To Keep Your Car Battery Longer

“How long should the battery in my car last?” That’s a question we get asked a lot. The average car battery can last between 3-5 years, but the actual life of your battery depends on several factors. The quality of the battery when first purchased. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but don’t be cheap about it. How well you maintain it. Battery maintenance goes a long way toward longer life. Include your battery on your checklist whenever you take your car in for routine check ups. Don’t forget the cables and terminals and keep them clean. The weather. Check the top of your battery to see the temperature specifications. If you live in a cold climate make sure you purchase one intended for your area. Cold weather reduces the cranking power of your battery so an older battery will experience more issues in the winter than a new one. Car batteries can even freeze and explode so if you think your battery is fro ... read more

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