Lower temperatures and cold weather mean that the number of blackouts is likely to increase during the winter months. The harsh Canadian winters often make driving conditions difficult. Canadian drivers must take the winter car problems very seriously.
Here are six common winter car problems that Canadians face:
1. Dead Batteries:
- During the winter months, the batteries of cars suffer a double blow from the cold temperatures, reducing output and increasing use of lighting and heating put it under additional pressure.
- The car always needs a charged battery to start in cold weather. To avoid last-minute problems, one should always test the car battery in advance, get the battery booster, and replace weak and dead batteries before they fail.
2. Low tire pressure:
- Low tire pressure is common in cold weather as fluctuating temperatures can cause the air in the tires to expand and contract. This can lead to decreased performance, increased wear and tear and make it accident-prone.
- One should always make sure that they use winter tires during winters. Moreover, the car tires must have at least 50% tread for safer winter driving.
- The car tires should be inspected by a qualified professional to ensure that the tires are safe to use and, if necessary, get the tire change and replacement by the car professionals.
3. Insufficient oil level:
- Engine oil thickens when it is cold outside makes it difficult to turn the engine on.
- In winters, it is necessary to invest in regular warranty-approved oil changes. It is necessary to use multi-viscosity oil, which means it is formulated for winter use.
4. Frost Inside Windows:
- Too much humidity inside the car causes frost forming. Most of the humidity comes from snow or water carried into the car on your boots and clothes.
- One can always prevent frost inside the windows by removing damp floor mats and leaving them to dry overnight. Another idea is to purchase anti-fog from a local store and to leave the silicone pouches that come in shoeboxes and electronics in the car as they absorb moisture.
5. Frozen Windows and Door Locks:
- If your car’s windows and door locks are frozen, you can warm the car key with a lighter or matchstick and gently press it into the lock to melt the ice.
- Also one can use silicone spray on windows and locks to prevent freezing.
6. Broken Wiper Blades:
- Clear visibility is extremely important when you’re on the road. The blades of the wipers lose their effectiveness faster than most people realize. Once you notice the remaining water hitting the windshield after each hit, then it is time to replace the wipers.
- The windshield wipers have standard lengths and sizes, so it depends on what your car supports. Replacing the wipers on your own is not a straightforward job. You better use service from a warranty-approved oil change provider.
To have a safe drive, consult your mechanic for the winter tire change and replacement, and other required fine-tunings. Always keep a snow brush, light shovel, windshield washer fluid, and a flashlight with you during the winter.
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