Whether you need routine Madison auto care and maintenance or you need special cold weather Madison auto care, you need the certified auto care pros at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers.
The cold weather has been so intense, that a snow emergency has been declared. But emergency or not, the unrelenting cold makes it miserable to get to work much less to go out to fun events. And when you have to go out, you spend extra time making sure you're dressed to cope with the cold. That extra care for coping with the weather shouldn't stop at what you're wearing. It should also include special care for your car.
“Most people never heard of ‘bombogenesis' until heavy snow and dangerous cold recently hit many areas of the country, including several states that usually don’t experience this type of severe weather,” said Rich White, executive director of the nonprofit Car Care Council. “Making sure your vehicle is properly prepared for the elements will help you avoid the aggravation of an unplanned road emergency.”
The council adds: "When it comes to winter car care, many motorists think of antifreeze and batteries, but vehicles need extra attention in winter, especially when a bomb cyclone hits and temperatures drop."
To help you and your car cope with the weather, the council offers these six tips:
- Keep the gas tank at least half full; this decreases the chance of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
- Check the tire pressure, including the spare, as tires can lose pressure when temperatures drop. Consider special tires if snow and ice are a problem in your area.
- Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
- Allow your car a little more time to warm up when temperatures are below freezing so that the oil in the engine and transmission circulate and get warm.
- Change to low-viscosity oil in winter as it will flow more easily between moving parts when it is cold. Drivers in sub-zero temperatures should drop their oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
- Consider using cold weather washer fluid and special winter windshield blades if you live in a place with especially harsh winter conditions.
Of course, the easiest and best way to make sure your car is prepared for the cold is to consult the Madison auto care experts at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto. The certified Madison auto care and auto repair technicians will have your car ready for whatever is ahead.
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