Winter is on the way to East Texas and if you want to avoid an engine repair in Tyler, TX when frosty weather hits, you’ll have to take extra care of your vehicle. Though heat is usually a bigger problem in Texas, hot weather doesn’t impact a car the way snow, ice and cold weather do. If you keep these tips in mind, your car will keep chugging along through winter, spring and summer – without an engine repair.
Get A Pre-Season Checkup
It’s always a good idea to get your car checked out by a mechanic you trust before winter comes. The checkup should include, but not be limited to:
- A check of the hoses and belts
- A check of the air intake and air filter
- A check of all fluid levels, especially the antifreeze level
- A check of the spark plugs and fuel injectors
- A check of the battery
Change The Oil Regularly
Having your engine oil changed regularly is the most important thing you can do for your car all year round, not just in the winter. Oil lubricates all the parts of your engine to prevent wear and tear on engine components and it keeps your engine from overheating. In cold weather, engine oil turns more viscous, which means it won’t flow as easily and, if you add dirt to the oil, it will work even less efficiently. Your mechanic can also change your engine oil to one that works better in cold weather, like 5W30.
Let The Engine Warm Up
When you start your car in the morning on a cold day, give the engine time to warm up before you race out of your driveway. Unless you’re trying to defrost all of your windows before you drive your car, though, you don’t have to let it idle more than 30 seconds.
Store It Properly
If you’re not planning on driving your car this winter but you want it to work the way it’s supposed to in the spring, take these steps to make sure it will start when you turn the key:
- Fill the fuel tank to reduce oxidation.
- Add a fuel stabilizer.
- Disconnect the wiring to the fuel pump.
- Seal off exhaust pipes and air intakes to prevent pest infestation.
For a winter checkup or help with any type of automotive work, including engine repair in Tyler, TX, call us at Hughes Automotive at (903) 730-6788. You can visit us online at www.hughesauto.biz to learn more about us and to read some of our customer reviews.
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