In a few short weeks, winter will be upon us in New Westminster, B.C. and with it will come cooler temperatures, increased precipitation and, if we’re lucky, maybe some flurries.
And, just like we prepare our bodies for winter by boosting our immune systems to ward off colds and the flu, our vehicles need some extra care too. After all, nothing is worse than waking up to a 5-degree morning and a car or truck that won’t start.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when winterizing your vehicle:
If you spend most of your winter months driving in areas where the temperature falls below 7-degrees Celsius, then you should consider installing winter tires on your vehicle. Unlike all-season tires, the rubber compounds in winter tires are specially designed to offer better traction, braking and control as the temperature falls. Not sure what kind of winter tire to install? No worries – our Service Department can help you select the best winter tire to suit your vehicle and driving habits.
The oil in your engine changes depending on how hot or cold the engine is running. And, since the outside temperatures will influence the internal temperature of your engine, you need to make sure you're using the proper oil for the conditions. During the winter months, if you live where temperatures get below freezing, you'll want to switch to a thinner, less viscous oil, like a 5W-30.
Your car's coolant system is not only intended to keep your engine from overheating, but it’s also responsible for protecting your engine against corrosion. In the winter months, it’s recommended to use a coolant with ethylene glycol to prevent freezing.
The heat of summer can put a great deal of strain on your car’s battery, causing it to fail when the temperature dips closer to zero. To ensure that you aren’t left stranded, be sure to do a thorough inspection of your battery, cables and terminals to make sure that your car is ready for the winter. If you notice any cracks or breaks, that could be a sign that you are due for a replacement. If so, our Service Department can help you select the best battery for your vehicle.
Belts and Hoses
Just like you inspect your battery for any cracks or signs of corrosion, you’ll also want to inspect the belts and hoses in your vehicle. As the temperature drops, these automotive parts can become brittle and hard, causing them to fail in the cooler weather.
For more information on how to get your car, truck or SUV ready for winter, be sure to call our Service Department to book your next maintenance appointment. Not only will we inspect every component and system on your Ford, but we’ll also recommend any services that need your immediate attention to keep you safe on the roads this upcoming winter.