Amidst a cold snap, not only is freezing winter weather uncomfortable for us but also for our cars.
Some particular car troubles only seem to crop up in winter, which has caused me in the past to have to look for a garage that specialises in car service near me to get it fixed.
If you also seem to notice more car issues in the winter, know that you are not alone! Here are some of the biggest problems you can expect this winter and how to avoid them.
Cold temperatures are a major issue for car batteries, for many reasons. Cold batteries discharge faster than warm ones, meaning that they can lose up to a tenth of their charging capacity in the winter.
Typically, if you are noticing issues with charging your battery, corrosion on the terminals or any other electrical issues, it is time to get a new battery installed. Similarly, if you have had your current battery for over five years, it’s time to get a new one.
A healthy battery also helps keep other parts working well such as your starter motor.
So many fluids make your car work effectively, and all of them increase in density in cooler weather even if they do not outright freeze. This will make them less efficient and can cause a loss of power.
As well as changing your oil regularly, let your engine warm up for ten minutes or more before setting off.