How to Prevent Your Car from Freezing over This Winter
Posted Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 by
The frigid winter months are hard on most vehicles, and a little preventative car maintenance can go a long way in keeping your vehicle in top working condition. Among the key things to remember, is to check your car’s coolant system regularly.
A lack of antifreeze is the number one reason why cars fizzle-out during the winter frost, and a lack of adequate antifreeze levels is at the top of the list of engine-related breakdowns.
All it takes is a few minutes to check your antifreeze level. Remember, proper maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
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1. Check the Coolant
Check the coolant levels. Pick up a few basic service tools, and an antifreeze ball tester. You can pick these up at the local parts store without putting a big dent in your wallet.
2. Only Work with a Cool Engine
It’s best to check your coolant with a cool engine. If the radiator is hot, your coolant reservoir or overflow tank can burn you severely. If the engine has been running for a while, make sure you give it enough time to cool down to an acceptable temperature.
3. Get the Right Mixture
The correct mixture of distilled water and antifreeze is 50/50, and the antifreeze ball test will indicate if the coolant-to-water ration is too low. Check to make sure you have enough coolant in your antifreeze reservoir as well. If it’s empty, it means the radiator has drawn it out, or it has evaporated over time.
This is a good time to check the condition of your radiator hoses too. You’ll be looking for cracks, leaking, or hoses that feel spongy. Check with your manual or parts store to find the correct parts for your vehicle. The last thing you want is to purchase a hose that doesn’t fit.
It takes a lot of know-how to keep up the maintenance on a vehicle. Today’s cars and trucks require a different type of skill level because of the technology involved. If you love working on cars, and you’re interested in gaining the training skills necessary to qualify you as a certified auto mechanic, request our WyoTech DVD today.
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