Albertan winters can be some of the toughest weather conditions to endure in Canada. Not only do we have to bundle up with thick winter jackets, shovel our 6-inch snowed-in driveways, and wait in line for an hour at Tim-Horton’s during rush hour, but we also have to take care of our cars and make sure they’re running in -40 degree weather. The good thing is Albertans are always happy to help one another when our cars run into troubles during the winter season, and Ducharme Motors is proud to be one of those Albertans.
We compiled a list of important tips and tricks to keep your vehicle running in the winter and narrowed them down to the best ones. Ducharme Motors also offers a wide variety of services related to these tips as well, so book an appointment with us if you find yourself running into any of these problems!
Take Care of Your Windshield
Over time, your windshield is prone to small cracks, and just one tiny crack on your windshield can cause big problems when it gets as cold as it does. The problem is exacerbated once you use the defroster because the hot air in the inner piece of the glass and the cold air on the outer piece causes torsion for the cracks to expand. The best solution is to have your windshield serviced while the cracks are still small. Not only is it cheaper, but it can save you the headache of possibly dealing with replacing the entire windshield—both from cost expenses and having the wind smack your face while driving without a windshield.
Another way you can take care of your windshields is to look after the wipers as well. If they’re not frozen over and free from debris, it will decrease the chances of it scratching your windshield and clear your vision on the road. Lastly, it’s important to make sure your wiper fluid is full, so you don’t have to worry about more debris in your windshield or having it freeze over.
Check Your Tires
Not only is driving with winter tires important, but driving with the right tire pressure is as well. Monitoring your tire pressure during the winter is important because you lose a fair amount of it when temperatures fall, as well as over time. To make sure what the proper tire pressure is for your car, check your vehicle’s glove box or driver’s door frame to double check.
It’s also important to use actual winter tires when driving in the winter because the rubber is more flexible and less prone to freezing, which mitigates the chances of it getting popped on the road.
Inspect your Battery
Every now and then, it’s important to check the condition of the battery. Most people rarely get their batteries replaced after purchasing a car until it’s too late, so mechanics recommend you changing it every 3–5 years, depending on how often you drive your vehicle. If you’re uncertain about the condition of your battery, you can always bring it to us and we’ll have our service staff take a look at it.
You should also make sure you’re battery is free of loose cables and corrosion. Cables can slip from the nodes when the engine is turned off so gently put them back where they came from. If you find any white powder around the nodes, it’s a possible sign of corrosion so take it to our service staff when you run into this problem.
We at Ducharme Motors hope you find this list useful when managing your car in the winter. Come visit our showroom or book an appointment with us when you’re running into problems in the winter. That’s what Albertans do!