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Cold Weather Car Care Tips

It’s winter, the season when looking after your car’s health may matter more than any other time of year. Winter can be harsh on vehicles and it’s important to do things that keep them running smoothly.

In cold weather remember to:

  • Use thinner oil – Thinner oil helps lubricate the engine better in winter. Oil actually gets thicker when it’s cold outside.
  • Replace your windshield wipers yearly – Windshield wipers have a lifespan of about one year. If your wipers are cracked or faulty and you’re driving in the rain or snow, restricted vision may be the result.
  • Check your battery for wear and tear – There’s nothing worse than a car that won’t start in cold weather. If your battery is three years or older, it may be time to look for a new one. If purchasing a new battery, make sure its cold-cranking amps exceed the old battery’s specifications.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full – Fuel tanks can freeze if the weather is cold enough and if the fuel is missing an detergent additive.
  • Use snow tires – Snow tires can give your car greater traction. While snow tires may be somewhat expensive, they can increase your safety.

If you’re looking to take your life in a new and exciting direction, WyoTech may be the perfect place to begin the journey. If fixing cars is your passion and hands-on training is your goal, WyoTech campus locations offering the Automotive Technology core program include Blairsville, Laramie and Long Beach.

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