The Extreme Cold – Do’s and Don’ts
It has been extremely cold in New England and other states and countries this year. There are a list of some things that you can do to prevent damage to your vehicle and keep yourself safe as well.
We are having an Artic Winter this year and it’s extremely cold outside and has a drastic effect on the vehicles we drive. The newer cars have more plastic parts on them, older cars less so.
DO: Keep the vehicle’s fluids filled up. It helps keep the engine working properly in the cold weather. If there isn’t enough fluids in the car, the engine could freeze up and crack the block. The engine block will get cold enough to crack and cause the fluids to leak everywhere… into the parts of the engine it doesn’t belong in or not allow the engine to work at all.
DON’T: Leave the fuel level below a 1/4 tank because it may cause the crap in the bottom of the tank to come up and plug up things like the fuel pump or fuel filter(s). (Some cars have more than one fuel filter.)
DO: Make sure you have a De-icer Washer Fluid in the washer tank to help keep the icing down to a minimum. Get one that is like -35 Degrees. I’ve found that the -20 degree stuff will freeze in the artic cold.
DON’T: Wash the vehicle in temperatures below 40 degrees F. Some parts on these cars are made of plastic. Plastic in the cold weather becomes brittle. If you wash the car in HOT water, you will cause one, two or both issues to happen. One – the plastic parts will break. Two – your doors will freeze shut and you won’t be able to open them. Hot water freezes really fast in cold weather.
DO: Keep a can of deicer in a warm place. (Most stores carry that item. Just get an inexpensive can of deicer, they all work regardless of price.) If your doors do freeze, at least you have a way to unfreeze them.
DON’T: Put your defroster on high while warming up the car, as it can cause the glass to break and possibly shatter. It’s dangerous. Let the car warm up first on say the floor setting, then you can put the defroster on low to defog the glass.
I live in a nice area, so I can get an old blanket from the Salvation Army, Savers or Goodwill store to put over the hood of the car and tuck it into the doors, shut them tight, to keep the engine area a little warmer. (I have done that in the past, and the car seems to start easier. )
I hope these tips have helped you. Please drive slower in the snow, sleet, freezing rain and icy roads. Driving fast in bad weather causes bad accidents, deaths, damage and power outages – also endangers the First Responders who have to come out into the weather to help you or others.
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