As the temperature starts heading to zero or below, you are going to have to think about changing your car maintenance habits to ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready. Here are our top tips from MEB:
Keep fuel levels topped up over winter, ensuring you have at least a quarter tank of fuel at any one time. This is because temperature fluctuations in winter can create condensation build up in the tank causing the fuel lines to freeze if the temperature drops low enough. You also need to keep the fuel pump cool as when you run low on fuel, the fuel pump may start sucking in air. This could heat up and cause expensive future repairs.
You might also want to read 5 reasons why you shouldn’t run on empty.
One thing drivers can maintain is the condition and level of the engine oil. It can be a minefield trying to pick the right type and grade of oil but this article by Auto Express talks you through finding the right grade of oil for your car. In short, in winter you need an oil which has a lower viscosity that flows more easily through your vehicle so that it runs smoothly and stays lubricated. Winter-rated oils all have “W” in their grade ie 15W40.
A reminder also that you need to make regular dipstick checks on your oil levels to avoid long-term damage to your car’s engine.
Your battery works hard in winter, to start the car, the heating is on full-blast, you are defrosting your car and the engine is idling.
If you do find your battery is flat then you might need to jump-start your car. Read our article on how to use jump leads safely first.
Antifreeze (also known as coolant) is a liquid that mixes with water in vehicles to stop the radiators from freezing or overheating. The last thing you want is things freezing on the inside of your car!
Whilst we are at it, here are some more winter driving checks.
If you wish for a professional opinion on whether your car is winter-ready then we’d love to hear from you. Book an appointment today on 020 8807 0668.