When the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, cars are often pushed to their limits. Winter season can put a strain on every working part of the car and make driving somewhat difficult and dangerous. So, in order for your car to run smoothly and efficiently throughout winter, it is important that you are aware of what car problems you may encounter this time of year.
Here, we take a look at three of the most common winter-related car problems that you should be prepared for.
Car batteries often break down in the winter months. The amperage required to start things up on a warm day is usually cut in half. A battery that is under-performing may start up with no problems on a balmy summer morning, but may not accomplish that same feat when temperatures plummet.
The only viable solution to this particular problem is, of course, preventive maintenance. Batteries need regular servicing, but to avoid injury from battery acid, you may want to let a qualified mechanic do the job. A simple routine checkup may save you from the unpleasant and possibly dangerous situation when your car is stranded in the cold. So, it is always worth getting your battery checked ahead of the winter season so that you are certain it will stand up to the formidable challenges ahead.
Even though the battery gets the most blame when the car will not start at all on a winter morning, the alternator can just as easily break down and cause the car to stall or not start altogether. Also, because alternators charge the battery with the power and energy from the engine, if they break down, then the battery’s charge will dip significantly. This means that your car may fail to start, even if you have got a new battery installed.
Tires are the leading cause of many car issues throughout the year, and the winter season is no different. A lack of tread causing troubles with gaining traction on the road or simply hitting a pothole (both of which are common issues in winter) can damage the tires, making it a really difficult task to drive. For this reason, it is always a good idea to have your tires professionally inspected, and if necessary, new tires fitted when it is time to deal with the harsh weather.
The icy wind is hard not only on living creatures but wreaks havoc on machines, too. Unless you want to disrupt your commuting schedules and wreak havoc on your inner peace, it is imperative that you perform routine seasonal car maintenance.