Having your car break down can make for a very bad day, but having your car break down when it is cold outside, can make it even worse. To help avoid having your car break down you can follow a few tips that Citywide Towing Service provides below to check on your car to make sure the car is running smoothly.
Check Car Battery
Your battery can start to wear out in excessive heat. You may not realize it until it gets into the cold months and your battery doesn’t work properly anymore. If your battery is not charging, then you need to replace it. The cables on your battery can become loosened or corroded. You need to check your batteries and make sure they are tight and clean.
It is very common when it starts to get cold outside that the pressure in your tires will drop. It can drop 1 PSI for every 10°. This shouldn’t be an issue, once you start driving and it starts warming up, the air will expand. You do not want to drive on low tire pressure. It can damage your tires and wear them out quicker, if you need to, then fill up your tires. When it becomes an issue is if you have a hole or leak in your tire. If this is the case, you need to go get your tires repaired. The best thing you can do before the weather gets cold is to inspect your tires.
Test Windshield Wipers
It is very important that you check your windshield wipers. Make sure that they are working properly and not streaking. With the weather changing and more rain, you do not want to get caught in a storm and not have proper windshield wipers. You want to be able to see out of your window while you are driving and to have this happen during a storm you need good windshield wipers. A suggestion would be getting wipers that are made for colder temperatures.
With the weather turning colder it also means there is less light during the daytime. You want to make sure that you check the inside, outside, front, and back lights on your car. Make sure that they are all working properly. With less light during the day, a lot of driving happens when it is dark. You want to be able to have other drivers see you when driving and you want to make sure that your lights work properly.
Top Up Fluids
Don’t forget to check your fluids. This includes oil, power steering, breaks, transmission, windshield wiper fluid, and antifreeze. All these fluids are very important to have changed and full to help your car work properly. Windshield wiper fluid can help keep your windshield clear and antifreeze to keep your engine from freezing up.
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Following these few tips can help you have a smooth car ride in the fall and winter. If you do find yourself on the side of the road then give Citywide Towing Service a call for towing or roadside assistance services.