How Cold Temperatures Affect the Oil

Oil that’s too thin, will not provide sufficient protection for your engine. Oil that’s too thick will keep your engine from starting in cold weather because the thick, gooey oil challenges your battery and starter motor to spin the engine fast enough for it to fire. So, check your owner’s manual and choose oil viscosity accordingly.

However, many people are surprised to learn that winter weather also puts extra demands on your oil filter. At 20 degrees Fahrenheit, most oils have the thickness of maple syrup. So when your engine first starts up, your engine’s oil pump forces cold, thick oil through all the passages in your engine, including those in your oil filter. A number of factors determine if the oil will find its way through the filter to provide lubrication to your engine, while particulates are filtered out.

There are three specific design elements engineered into filters that help them perform properly in winter weather:

 

On start-up in cold weather your engine will experience an initial surge of pressure. This pressure could compromise oil filters at their weakest point and could manifest itself as a blown-out sealing ring, a split crimp, or even a burst canister.

 

Special spring-loaded bypass valves were invented so that, if the filter goes unchanged for an extended period of time and is blocked with debris, unfiltered oil can flow to the engine, providing at least some lubrication – although with dirty oil. Instead of a reliable coil spring, some filter manufacturers may scrimp by substituting “spring” steel that may not return to its original shape after cycling. The result can be unfiltered oil for as long as the filter is in place, with potentially terrible results.

 

Finally, most important, the filter must remove the smallest particles while offering the least resistance to oil flow. So, treat your car to fresh oil and a new oil filter in winter. It takes only a few dollars, but the life you save may be that of your engine. Also remember to bring the vehicle in at any time if you start to notice something out of the norm with it. This can help your vehicle to last longer and more efficiently as you drive.

 

Ways to Prevent the Tires from Spinning on Ice

 

 

While winter is sometimes filled with normal driving and great roads, there is always the chance of encountering icy road conditions. Most crashes in the winter happen because of icy pavement and poor driving habits. It is important to know how to stay safe if you have to drive on icy roads. Make sure you allow enough time to reach your destination.

 

 

 

It is important to know how to drive on poor roads and bad weather. The most important thing is to make sure your visibility is the best it can be. Make sure to start your vehicle to give it some time to warm up. This way the oil and other moving parts will warm up so they operate efficiently. Then clear away the windows from any ice, snow, or frost. By clearing it off, it can help you to improve the visibility when you drive. You will also be able to see those around you. Always be aware of what is around you, incase you have to swerve or slam on the brakes quick. By changing a few driving habits, you can decrease the chance of an accident or going in the ditch when the roads are ice or snow covered.

 

 

 

When the weather and roads are less than ideal, always remember to slow down and drive a speed that you are comfortable with. Moving too fast on icy roads will make it more difficult for you to stop your vehicle when you need to. It will also help if you need to brake suddenly if there is an accident or object in the road.

 

 

Handling the vehicle correctly is the key to get out of spinouts. If you have an anti-lock braking system, apply strong and continuous pressure. If your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes intermittently. Make sure to not slam on the brakes, as this can cause your vehicle to skid. Even if you drive safely, an unexpected patch of ice can sometimes catch you unaware and set your car into a spin. If you find yourself in a skid, let up on the gas and steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. You should not hit the gas or the brake until you have control of your vehicle again.

 

 

Slick surfaces require a longer stopping distance, so make sure to extend the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to react incase something happens suddenly ahead on the road. Make sure to drive a speed and distance that you feel comfortable at. By driving safe, you can have a more safe and pleasant driving experience.

Winter Driving Tips

When driving this winter, make sure to use caution, especially if the roads are ice or snow covered. The winter weather conditions can change rapidly, so make sure to stay alert to the weather and allow extra time to reach your destination incase you encounter poor conditions.

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It is also recommended to leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This way you can help be prepared if you have to brake or stop suddenly. It can also help decrease the chance for an accident to occur. Typically there should be a three second delay between you and the vehicle in front of you. In winter or if the roads are poor, that distance should double or triple. Also make sure that you drive at a speed you are comfortable at.

 

The visibility when you drive can be accomplished by keeping the headlights clean and free of any snow or ice build-up. If there is snow, sleet, or rain in the air, this can cause a decrease in visibility, even if it is daylight out. Clean and functioning headlights are not just important for you, but also for others. This way you can help to have others see where you are at as well. Also make sure that the lights are adjusted properly.

 

The battery may start to drain and fail in the winter. This is because the colder temperatures can do damage to the battery. It causes the battery to not operate at full efficiency. Also inspect the battery to make sure the cables and terminals are in good condition. They should be free of any corrosion, rust, or debris build-up. A sign of a battery issue is if the vehicle is slow or hard to start.

 

The vehicle should also be inspected to make sure that the antifreeze and other fluids are at the level they should be at. This can be determined the reservoir of each of the fluids. Also make sure the windshield washer fluid is up to the designated amount. It is also recommended to keep a container of fluid in the trunk of your vehicle as well.

 

The tires should be inspected for the condition they are in, and that they are free of any bulges or blisters. Also check the air pressure of the tires. If you are unsure of what the pressure should be, you can find it in the vehicle owner’s manual. The proper amount can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. If you notice a decrease in air pressure in your tires, make sure to bring the vehicle. We can inspect the tires for you to see if there is any damage or the tires need to be replaced. Having a reliable vehicle can help prevent issues and improve the safety when you are on the road.

5 signs of Poor Transmission

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Any issue with your vehicle that is mechanical is usually associated with a distinct sound. These can be key indicators that something is not functioning the way it should.

 

Burning Smell

 

As you are driving, you may start to notice the smell of something burning. This may be an indication that the transmission is overheating. The fluid not only helps to keep the moving parts of the transmission properly lubricated, but it helps prevent the unit from burning up. A common cause of the smell can be from low fluid. When this happens, this can mean there is a leak or dirty fluid that needs to be changed.

 

Noises

 

Noticing any noises while your vehicle is in neutral could mean an issue with the transmission. Sometimes a quick and easy fix can be replacing the fluid. The vehicle owner’s manual will provide the best kind of fluid needed for your vehicle. If there are noises while your vehicle is in neutral, it could mean that some parts may be in need of replacing.

 

Fluid leaks

 

An easy sign to know that your transmission may need attention is if you notice any leaking fluid. The fluid helps to maintain your vehicle’s shifting capabilities. If you check the transmission fluid, it should be bright red in color. If the fluid is dark in color, you should bring your vehicle in so we can have it replaced. Unlike the oil, the transmission does not consume or burn off any fluid during operation. If you notice that the transmission fluid is low or empty, there is probably a leak somewhere in the system.

 

Check Engine Light

 

If the check engine light comes on, it may be an early indication that there is an issue with the transmission. Granted, there may be other reasons why the check engine light comes on rather than with the transmission. It is important to make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you notice the light on, especially if it is blinking.

 

Poor Response

 

Transmissions are designed to go to the correct gear every time. A way to notice you may have an issue is if they hesitate or refuse to get in the correct gear. The vehicle should shift quickly into gear, but if you notice any hesitations or swaying feeling, there could be an issue with the transmission.

Proper Tire Inspections for Winter

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Keeping your tires inspected regularly can help the overall performance and efficiency of your vehicle. The tires are the only part of the vehicle that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. It is important to keep them in the best condition possible.

Start by checking the air pressure in each tire. The correct amount of air pressure can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, or on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the air pressure for you. The air pressure should checked when the vehicle has been sitting for awhile. When you drive, the tires warm up and it could result in a false reading.

The tread wear is also an important part to inspect on the tires. When you drive on wet or slick roads, the tread of the tire is what helps to grip the surface of the road. If the handling is poor on the vehicle, it could mean the tread has worn down and the tire should be replaced soon. You can also place a penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Besides checking the regular tires, also remember to check the spare tire as well. The spare tire will be needed incase one of the regular tires goes flat or blows out. It can assist in getting your vehicle to where the tire can be fixed. Remember to not drive more than 50 miles per hour on the spare, as well as not driving a distance of over 50 miles. This is because the spare tire is smaller, and cannot handle higher speeds of driving.

If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can help ensure the vehicle and tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive.

Winter Care for your Car

 

When you own a vehicle, you will want to make sure you bring it regularly for maintenance inspections. This way we can check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure it is working efficiently and at top performance levels. If you notice any issues with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

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Make sure to inspect the tires regularly. The tires are important because they are the only part that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. If the tires are under inflated, they will be more prone to blowing out. Make sure to check the air pressure after the vehicle has had time to sit. This will allow the tires to go to the correct air pressure they have, because usually the air pressure will increase when you are driving, providing you with a false reading. If you notice that the tire goes low, often, there could be a leak in it. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tire for you.
Also remember to check the oil in the vehicle. The oil should be at the correct amount, to ensure proper performance of the engine. Remember to bring the vehicle in for regular oil changes as well. By having the old, dirty oil removed, you can help have the fresh clean oil run efficiently through the system. If you are not sure how often to have the oil changed, make sure to contact us and we can advise you when an oil change is needed.

 

Always notice how your vehicle handles. If there are odd noises, smells, or issues you notice, this should be looked at as soon as possible. It is important to look at an issue as soon as possible. This will help reduce the chance of further damage in the long run to your vehicle. It can also provide you with a reliable vehicle when you drive this winter.

Automotive Procare Can Inspect the Battery for You

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Keeping your vehicle well maintained is important. Make sure to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections so that we can check the parts and components for you. If you ever notice anything out of the norm between visits, make sure to contact us and schedule an appointment. One part that should be inspected regularly is the battery. We can test the battery to see the strength it has, and even charge it if it needs to.

 

To keep your vehicle running properly, the battery should be in good working order. In order for your vehicle to run, it needs a good working battery. The most important thing you can do for the battery is to drive your vehicle regularly. An idle battery can lose the charge and sulfate from the sulfuric acid inside the battery build up inside it. This weakens its ability to keep and maintain a charge. Even taking your vehicle out once a week will help keep the battery stay charged, and will prevent it from dying unexpectedly.

 

You will be able to notice issues of a bad battery. The most obvious one is a dead battery. Corrosion or stains on the battery means you have a leak somewhere on it. You can also look for buildup around the terminals as well. Another way you can tell the battery is bad is the smell. If you notice a rotten egg or sulfuric smell, it is the smell of the battery overheating. By noticing any of these things, you should take your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it looked at to know the exact reason.

 

There are a few easy tips you can do to help keep the battery lasting as long as possible. You can make sure everything in your vehicle is turned off. Leaving your lights, stereo, and other equipment on while your car is not running can drain the life of your battery. Turning all of these off when you are not driving is a good way to extend the life of you battery, and should be done at all times. By doing this, you can keep the battery charged and it will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

5 Tips for Winter Car Care

 

It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, especially in the winter. This will increase the longevity and reliability of it. By having the vehicle maintained, all the parts and components will work, as they need to. We will be able to check the tires, fluid levels, and battery for you. Having the oil changed is also something that should not be ignored. The oil helps to lubricate the engine so it can operate effectively.

The battery is affected when the temperatures start to get colder. This is because it can reduce the cranking power it has. In fact, at about zero degrees, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at eighty degrees. If it is more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a top-rated model. We can advise you on what battery would be best for your vehicle.

You have to replace wiper blades more often than you might think. Even the best performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are sure signs that the blades are ready for replacement. While it is possible to stretch their life by cleaning the rubber edge of the blade periodically with a paper towel and glass cleaner, it is not safe to do that all winter long. Instead, get yourself new blades. We recommend replacing wiper blades as often as twice per year.

If you cannot see out the windows, you are a danger to yourself and everyone around. Do not try to use the wipers and those brand-new wiper blades to remove ice from the windshield. Instead, use an ice scraper on frosty mornings. By making sure all the windows are clear of ice, frost, and snow, you can have the best visibility possible when you are driving. Also make sure that the windshield washer fluid is topped off. This helps to remove any slush, salt, or road grime that may splash onto the windshield. Also make sure the heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it is in the defrost mode. Finally, check that all the vehicle’s lights are working properly, so that you will have optimum visibility at night and motorists front and rear will be able to see you.

Cold weather can beat up your engine. Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Whenever you have the oil changed, replace the oil filter as well to ensure the system has the maximum amount of flow.

When inspecting the tires, check the tread and air pressure in them. This can help ensure that they can rotate properly when driving. You can also bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect the tires for you. This can help ensure a safe and reliable vehicle.