Winterizing Your Vehicle 101 Part 2 | John Hirsch’s Cambridge Motors



When winter weather strikes, don’t get stuck in the snow. With these helpful tips you can be prepared before the storm hits. Click here for Winterizing Your Vehicle 101 Part 1 and keep reading for our final 3 tips to beating winter weather

3. Battery Capacity

Did you know weather can affect your battery’s capacity in frigid temperatures? Your battery’s temperature can be reduced by up to 50% during the winter. Give your battery a full inspection to make sure your car is ready to handle the weather winter. Turn off your vehicle and pop the hood. First check over the battery cables for any cracks or breaks and make sure the terminals fit tightly with no loose connections. Next check your battery fluid level by uncovering the refill hole or holes. If the level appears to fall to the bottom of the cap, refill it with distilled water. Finally you will need to check the level of charge in your battery. If your battery doesn’t have a built-in hydrometer eye that tells you the amount of voltage remaining in your battery, you can always use a hand-held hydrometer. Of course if you prefer to leave this to the professionals you can always schedule an appointment at our service center by clicking here.

2. Engine Coolant

Your vehicle’s engine coolant is responsible for keeping your engine from overheating. It seems like the below freezing temperatures would be enough to keep your engine cool on its own, but your vehicle’s coolant system is also responsible for protecting your very expensive engine against corrosion. Before the weather gets too cold, you need to make sure you are using a coolant with ethylene glycol in it to help protect your engine. It is also important to know that every vehicle requires a different coolant to water to ratio. While 60% coolant to 40% water is the winter standard for many vehicles, it is best to consult one of our service technicians or you owner’s manual about your specific vehicle.

1. Engine Oil

The state of the oil in your engine changes depending on how hot or cold your engine is running. Since outside temperatures affect the internal temperature of your engine, you will want to make sure you are using the right type of oil for winter conditions. Since temperatures stay well below freezing for extended amounts of time in Minnesota, you will want to use a thinner, less gooey engine oil. Give the professionals in our service center a call at 866-980-6432 and let us help you find the best oil for your vehicle’s engine.

Click here for Winterizing Your Vehicle 101 Part 1.


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