Properly preparing your car for winter is simple and doesn't require a lot of time or technical expertise. The payback in reduced risk of a preventable breakdown and improved performance is well worth the minimal effort.
According to the experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), "cold weather will only make existing problems worse."
Here are a few items that are easy and simple to check before fall turns to winter:
First, familiarize yourself with your owner's manual and follow the manufacturers recommended service schedules. No one knows your car better than the company that manufactured it.
Motor oil: The easiest way to protect and improve the performance of your car is to upgrade to a high-performance synthetic motor oil and change it regularly. Synthetic motor oils have better low temperature fluidity and a lower coefficient of friction than mineral-based motor oils. This will help ensure easier start-ups on cold weather days. Some motor oils, such as Royal Purple, are actually formulated with molecules that chemically bond with engine components for continuous engine protection. It's also been proven in independent tests to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and increase horsepower and torque. More information is available at www.royalpurple.com.