How to Avoid Winter Car Issues

Flat tire low tire pressure warning light on a BMW car.

Avoiding Winter Car Issues

Now that winter is in full swing, we ought to talk about some of the more common winter car issues and what you can do to avoid them. We’ll cover the three most common issues we see when the temperature drops. If one of these car issues does happen to you, we’ll give you some recommendations on how to get your car back in tip-top shape.

Fixing Low Tire Pressure

Low tire pressure is prevalent during the winter months. As we all know, driving on tires that aren’t properly inflated can be dangerous for you and your passengers. The easiest way to mitigate this winter car issue is to monitor the PSI of each of your tires closely. Most cars nowadays come with an internal sensor. If your vehicle is a bit older, you’ll need to frequently check your tires with a pressure gauge.

Be extra careful around tires with slow leaks, as they’ll lose pressure quicker than the average set. You should also know that tires will lose a bit of pressure each month and can respond drastically if the temperature fluctuates between regular and extreme colds. If you notice your tires are low, you can use an air compressor or find one at the nearest gas station.

Spark Plug Failure

If you’ve owned your vehicle for a long time, your spark plugs may need a replacement this winter. We see plenty of spark plug failure in the winter months and recommend that all our customers pay attention to the common signs of spark plug malfunction.

Some of the symptoms you’ll notice are reduced gas mileage, poor acceleration, hard starts, engine misfires, and rough idling. If you see any of these, the only fix will be to change out your spark plugs. You can do this yourself if you have the DIY knowledge or bring it into a team of experts like Advanced Repair.

Dealing with Car Battery Trouble

A car battery can be sensitive, and winter is a prime month to start experiencing problems. Extreme temperatures can be tough on a battery, especially if it’s been in use for a couple of years. Winter’s chill can reduce your battery’s performance or even kill it altogether.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do this winter to prevent excessive wear and tear on your car’s battery. To avoid overtaxing your battery, you can remove any corrosion from the connections, make sure to tighten the terminals, remove any potential parasitic draws, and make sure to run your vehicle during periods of infrequent use.

Dealing with the Chill

Now that you know what to expect this winter and what you can do to prevent these issues, you only need to schedule the services you need. Contact Advanced Repair to find affordable, expert repairs that help you navigate the more challenging parts of owning a vehicle.

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