Car Care in the Winter

GreenfaolStarred Page By Greenfaol, 9th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rc5m13k/
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Many of you will know this, but for those who don’t, your car needs just that little bit extra TLC in the winter months. Read on to learn just what you should be doing to maintain your car during the cold season.

The enemy that is Rust

Rust is the enemy of your car, and all metal for that matter. In the winter, more salt is about. The roads are gritted with a mixture of salt and other components at this time of year. Why add salt? You may well be asking. They add salt as when it goes down, nothing can ice on it for a few hours, unless heavy snow continually falls on it.

In order to protect your car from rusting (salt loves metal but metal really doesn’t like salt), you should wash it fairly regularly at this time of the year, and put some wax on it. This acts as an extra layer the salt has to breach.

Chips

Have just had to have a chip fixed on my own windscreen. You want to have these sorted as soon as you spot them otherwise the first hard frost after can crack your windscreen. There is, sadly, nothing you can do about preventing chips. At this time of year the ice breaks bits of the road up, causing more stones on its surface, which in turn are kicked up by other cars.

The only thing you can do is take a picture, contact your local authority and inform them of it. Add that if you do receive a chip after you have already notified them of this problem on the road, they will get the bill.

In the UK, Autoglass repair chips for free (they go through your insurance), so it might be a good idea to check that your policy is fully comprehensive and that you have this provision. If your area is getting a lot of ice, make this provision part of your insurance if not already there.

Windscreen wash

Sounds silly but making sure you have windscreen wash in your wiper water is another bonus at this time of year. Most washes will state that they work up to a -15C or some-such. This means your wipers are less likely to freeze and the water won’t turn to ice when you do use it.

Antifreeze

Make sure you have this in your engine water, to keep it from freezing. We actually put antifreeze into our windscreen washers, it has never harmed our paint. If they are set properly it won’t go onto your roof.

Tyres

Most people don’t think to check at this time but again, these little things can save you a lot of hassle later. Check your tyre pressure is correct and especially your tread. Reduced tread = reduced grip, and you can use all the grip you can get in this weather.

Supplies

Make sure, if you are going anywhere in bad weather, that you have supplies such as a shovel, blanket, liquid, food, salt etc in the event you get stuck.
For more ideas for the winter months, why not take a look at my articles Winter-time for Weight-loss and How to Make a Draft Excluder
Safe driving!

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Antifreeze, Autoglass, Car Care, Car Wash, Chips, Ice, Maintenance, Roads, Rust, Salt, Shovel, Supplies, Tread, Tyres, Windscreen, Windscreen Wash, Winter

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author avatar Denise O
9th Jan 2011 (#)

Great info hon. My hubby was a mechanic for over 20 years, he is the worst when it comes to doing what you suggest. Go figure huh.LOL
Congrats on the star page, as always...
It is well desrved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Greenfaol
9th Jan 2011 (#)

Hiya, thanks for that. Mechanics are always the worst for their own cars :D My step dad is one too.:D Thanks for congrats too xxx

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author avatar christopheranton
9th Jan 2011 (#)

I hope all the car owners
heed your sound advice

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Jan 2011 (#)

Sound advice Norma. The picture of that rusted out car brought a smile to my face because it reminds me of two rusted out pickup trucks that sit off to the side of the road halfway down my mountain. No one knows how long they have been there because they are nothing more than mere rusty shell now. One look like it was from the fifties, the other the forties.

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author avatar Greenfaol
9th Jan 2011 (#)

Cheers Christopher :D
Sounds like a picture waiting to happen, Jerry :D My step dad has quite a few old vehicles about himself :D

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author avatar Sparz
10th Jan 2011 (#)

I don't know why but the word "antifreeze" sure sounds attractive :D
Anyway nice article, hopefully will help me sometime in future when i get a car of my own :]

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author avatar TNT_Brian
10th Jan 2011 (#)

Great advice here, thanks for sharing. My Dad has like 5 old cars in his garden!

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author avatar Denise O
11th Jan 2011 (#)

Hey green, just use any hot sauce you like. Add maybe a 1/4 teaspoon ( I prefer a red wine or a malted) of vinegar.
Just a tad bit though.:)

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author avatar ppruel
11th Jan 2011 (#)

Useful tips friend. Interesting article. Congrats!

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author avatar Greenfaol
11th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent Denise, thanks for that. And thanks ppruel :D

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author avatar Retired
11th Jan 2011 (#)

This is excellent work.

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author avatar DanielDB
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks. It is now summer with us (South Africa) but I with bookmark it for winter (starts May to get really cold here where I live.)

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author avatar Greenfaol
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks guys. Daniel, darn, had no idea you were in south africa, I hope it's not too warm :D

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