Here in Alberta, we are no strangers to extreme weather conditions
Whether you are facing scorching summer days or frigid winter temperatures, it’s important to take care of your vehicle during extreme weather.
To help keep your vehicle in good working shape no matter the weather, here are some tips for caring for your car cold winter days and hot summer temperatures:
Cold Weather Care For Your Vehicle
Don’t let the frigid temperatures of winter do a number on your car! Here are some tips to follow to care for your car during cold weather:
Keep Your Battery in Good Shape
When the temperatures drop, your battery has a harder time getting started. At about -17°C your battery has only around half the cranking power it would have during a warmer day.
To check your battery’s condition, remove the plastic caps and check the fluid level. If the fluid levels are low, you can add distilled water.
If your car battery is more than five years old and is not working properly, consider replacing it.
Sometimes, however, a tired battery just needs to be recharged. You can have someone boost your battery, use a charging pack, or have it inspected and tested by a licensed technician.
Replace the Wiper Blades
Most wiper blades will lose their effectiveness within six months and winter temperatures are particularly harsh on them.
This can result in streaks or missed pieces of glass – the last thing you want to deal with while driving through a snowy blizzard!
While you can help maintain the condition of your wiper blades by cleaning the rubber edge with glass cleaner and paper towel, this is not a good idea in the wintertime. The extra moisture can lead to freezing and cracking.
When exposed to heat, your tires will expand. During periods of higher temperatures, be sure to regularly check your tire pressure.
Otherwise, you could experience a tire blowout which is extremely dangerous while driving.
Stick to the Highway
Because highways are generally better maintained than regular streets, they can handle extreme heat.
Taking the highway instead of side streets could help your vehicle avoid overheating and blowing a tire.
Keep Up With Maintenance
In the summertime, drivers tend to make more long-distance road trips. Regular maintenance, such as oil changes and filter inspections, will ensure that your car is up to the task.
Regular maintenance is important when it comes to the durability of your engine but doing so will also increase your vehicle’s fuel economy during these adventures.
Beat the Heat or Cold With Regular Maintenance
Overall, proper maintenance is key to caring for your car in extreme weather!
Before the temperatures dip or soar, have your vehicle inspected by our professional team of technicians are able to repair and inspect any type of vehicle for drivers Sherwood Park and surrounding areas.