There are hard winters and easy winters. The problem is that we can’t tell which winter will be harder as it all depends on the temperature of the area you live in, how much snow there will be and of course, it depends on the area around you. It is better to be ready for the worst though as nobody wants to get stuck on the road in a snow storm.
If you are in the area of Burnaby, BC, you are lucky as there isn’t much snow and it is a very rainy area. The only problem though, is that even in the winter, the temperatures can still be very low and it is cold. It doesn’t snow a lot but it can still get cold. That’s why we need to prepare our car for what could happen this winter.
Tips for Keeping a Clean Car in Winter:
There are a few things you need to do if you want to have a clean car in winter.
First of all, the day after it has snowed, you should clear the snow off your car so that it doesn’t get stuck in the snow. You will also be able to drive more easily and safely when there is no snow on top of your car.
You should also get some antifreeze ready for winter as it will make sure you won’t freeze when cold temperatures come. It helps keep the engine and other parts of your car warm by reducing the chances that they will crack. It is best to get antifreeze for winter as opposed to antifreeze for summer.
You should definitely purchase an engine block heater too since it will warm up the engine during cold nights. You can get one at most Canadian Tire stores but if you don’t have access to a Canadian Tire store, check out Amazon or even eBay for some great deals on engine block heaters and any other accessories or parts that might be needed for your specific vehicle model.
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Tips For Starting Car In Cold Weather:
Now that you have prepared your car for winter, the next step is to start your car in winter.
First of all, make sure you defrost the windshield. In many cars, a switch needs to be pushed for this to happen. You should also set the heater on and turn the heat up a little bit higher than usual.
When your car is warm enough inside, you can start it up but be careful because if it is too cold outside, you might burn out your battery if you start it up too fast. You should also keep an eye on your engine temperature so that it doesn’t get too hot. If it does get too hot, turn off the engine and let it cool down before starting again.
You can also use a block heater for this process of starting the car in winter or even if there is snow on top of the car. The block heater will ensure that there are no issues with frozen parts and that everything will work smoothly when you try to start your car.
How To Winter-Proof Your Car Battery:
One of the most important parts of your car that you need to winter-proof is your car battery. This is because the cold weather can make it harder for your car battery to start up your engine.
In order to prevent this from happening, you should make sure your battery is fully charged at all times. You can do this by charging it up when the weather is nice and warm outside.
You should also clean the terminals and check if there are any cracks or corrosion. If there are, you should replace the terminals before using them again.
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How to Prepare Your Car Fluids for Winter Weather:
Now that you have prepared your car for winter, you need to prepare your fluids as well.
The first thing you need to do is check how much anti-freeze is in your car. This can be done when the engine is warm by opening the hood and checking the coolant reservoir. If there is not enough anti-freeze, you should add more until it covers the coolant line in the reservoir. You might want to also add some more antifreeze if it is a really cold winter.
In order to prevent any issues with frozen fluids, you should also change your oil before winter hits. Changing it during winter can be hard because of the cold weather so it’s best to change it before freezing temperatures occur.
If you don’t have time to change it or can’t do it yourself, just make sure that someone else changes the oil in your car before winter does hit so that your engine can be ready for any cold weather that comes its way.
Preparation is the key when it comes to a smooth drive in winter. The good news is that your car can be prepared easily and quickly so there is no reason not to do it. If you live in an area with bad winters, it’s best to be ready for them and if you live in a mild area, you can prepare yourself as well just for the case that winter will get really cold sometime soon.
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