Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather

Although San Jose is not exactly known for harsh winter weather, it’s still a good idea to prepare yourself and your car for winter weather should you head out of town for a winter vacation. Your local car repair shop can ensure that your vehicle is in good shape for winter driving, but you should also know what is included when winterizing a vehicle.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Change Your Engine Oil

In cold climates, your vehicle’s engine oil is likely to freeze and clump up, effectively preventing it from circulating throughout the engine. To prevent difficulties with starting your car when you head out of town this winter, replace your old engine oil with low viscosity oil that can handle below-freezing temperatures.

Check Your Car’s Engine Coolant

Your vehicle’s cooling system does more than just cool the engine—it is also responsible for heating your car. To ensure that your cooling system can function in a cold climate, head to your car repair shop and have the coolant fluid inspected. The experts at the repair shop will check your fluid and adjust the coolant/water ratio to ensure that your coolant system works strong all winter long.

Make Sure Your Battery Has Enough Juice

Because winter weather is harsh on car batteries, it’s vital that you get your battery inspected and cleaned at your local car repair shop before heading out of town. It only takes a few minutes, but servicing your battery will greatly lower your chances of becoming stranded on the side of the road.

If you have any questions about preparing your car for winter, come to Michael J’s Body Shop of San Jose. You can also call (408) 279-2070 to speak with a car expert. With over 20 years of experience, we are the shop to visit if you require high quality automotive maintenance or service.

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