Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

As the summer weather ebbs away and the air becomes crisp, you realize that winter is coming. 

Just as you prepare your home for the winter, you should prepare your vehicle as well! In this article, we will outline tips on how to properly winterize your vehicle.

Replace Fluids

It is very important to refill or replace the liquids in your vehicle.

  • Coolant – Making sure the right mixture of antifreeze and water will prevent freezing in your vehicle’s radiator.
  • Oil – As the temperatures drop, the oil in your car can expand and become thick. Some mechanics will recommend switching to a thinner oil if your area’s temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Wiper fluid – Make sure you replace your wiper fluid with freeze-resistant fluid

Check Tires

There are four kinds of tires you can choose from when it comes to seasonal tires:

  • All Season Tires – These are the most common and are perfect for areas that have mild winters.
  • All Weather Tires – These tires maintain good handling in both cold and heat and can be left on all year around.
  • Studded Winter Tires – These tires are only allowed from October 1 through April 30. The metal studs in the tires are used to help gain traction through icy areas.
  • Winter Tires – These tires are best used in moderate winter areas as they are made to trek through packed snow and rough ice. They are made from a compound that stays soft in cold conditions to help reduce tire problems due to the cold temperatures.

Check the Battery

Your battery can also be negatively affected due to cold winter temperatures. Be sure to look over your battery, battery cables, and battery fluid for any cracks or leaks. If your battery fluid is low, you can refill it with distilled water. If you notice you’re having a hard time turning your vehicle on, you may need to replace your battery.

Prepare an Emergency Winter Kit

It is always important to store an emergency kit in your car just in case. In this kit you should keep:

  • A flashlight
  • A blanket
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables

Of course, you can always add to your winter kit with essentials tailor made for your family.

Conclusion

If your vehicle needs service, create an appointment online for any of our Service centers!

Keeping your vehicle winter ready is keeping your family safe, Regardless!

 

Car Care 101: Starting your engine when it’s cold! Part III

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We’ve now reached the last method you could use to start your car/engine when it’s cold outside. (Click here for previous entries on this subject.) And seeing as how the winter wind really kicked in this weekend, most of you are probably looking forward to the last few tips we have. For more information, stay tuned to our Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car blog, or visit your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley dealership to view our newest models.

Method #3

If you’ve experienced your engine turning over slowly, we’ve got a pretty good tried-and-true fix. The answer to this is warming the battery of your vehicle. How exactly are you supposed to do this? By jump starting it! The best way to warm your vehicle is to pull out those handy jump cables. Then, you’ll need to enlist the help of another vehicle to give you some juice.

You may notice some ice or corrosion on the battery cables or clamps when attempting to jumpstart. In this event, you’ll need to use some tools to ensure these smudges are removed before you begin the jump. This type of scrap can ultimately interfere, and impede the flow of electricity circulating between the parts of your car.

We suggest using a wire brush to help wipe off most of the corrosion that has built up around the battery. If you’re dealing with an icy situation, placing the battery in a warm area to thaw could be your best solution. When pursuing this route, keep some towels close by to remove any water that melts off.

You may not be comfortable with attempting any of these procedures yourself, and that’s OK. In this case, we highly recommended you get yourself and your vehicle to a mechanic that can help fix the situation. For service, contact your local Ed Payne Weslaco car dealership or any number of Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley dealership locations.