The Australian winter is just past halfway, which means we can still expect some cold weather to come our way. It might feel like a hassle to deal with the winter weather, but did you know your car can also be affected by the cold conditions?
We’ve put together some of the most important parts you have to keep an eye on when the temperature takes a plunge.
Cold weather is not great for your battery, so make sure to check it regularly during winter, especially after a cold snap. If you have a garage, the risks are much lower of your battery failing, but if you have a car that’s always outside, it’s often a good idea to have it checked before the season turns colder.
Winter temperatures can cause your car’s fluids to thicken. So, if your area has just experienced a dip in temperature, be sure to check the antifreeze, power steering, oil and transmission fluids. Be sure to check your transmission fluid in particular, as it has to be able to flow quickly to be able to function optimally.
Colder temperatures can cause tires to lose pressure. The loss of pressure is often directly related to the drop in temperature. If you’re living in anarea that experiences colder periods during winter, it’s in your best interest to always check your tyre pressure before you set out.
If you already have old or weakened spark plugs,worn ignition components, or any clogged filters, you may experience ignition problems with your car during the winter months. This means it’s probably a good idea to take your car for a quick check-up before the cold weather starts. Also, keep in mind it’s never too late for a car check-up, even in the dead of winter.
All these problems associated with cold weather can be avoided if you take your vehicle for regular check-ups and maintenance. Don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible if you think your car is showing signs of being affected by the weather.
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