Winter is upon us! With the weather getting much colder, you’ll need to be on the lookout for some extra problems that might arise with your car – especially on those cold mornings. Take a look below to find the most common things you might find, and how to prevent them.
- Tyre pressure
As it gets colder, your tyre pressure is going to drop. Even if your tyres were pumped up when you last checked them and there are no leaks, the pressure will go down. Check them at least every fortnight and pump them up if they need it. While you’re at it, check your tread depth as well – take a look at our guide for more information!
- Freezing fluids
The fluids in your car shouldn’t be freezing – it can do some real damage and leave you with a hefty repair bill! The usual suspects are screenwash and antifreeze. Make sure they’re both topped up with a mix that will stay liquid in the coldest temperatures you’ll see.
- Windscreen wipers
Scraping the ice off your windows isn’t the end of the world, but if your wipers are frozen to the screen as well, you might find yourself waiting for a lift! If your car has automatic wipers (lucky you!) check they’re turned off before you turn on the engine, and free up your wipers when you scrape the windows.
To prevent it altogether, use a frost guard or windscreen shield and tuck them under your wipers. These will stop your windscreen freezing overnight, so you can just pull them off in the morning.
- Windows and doors frozen shut
If your windows are frozen shut, the best thing to do is to wait for your car to warm up. If your car locks have frozen, use a lock de-icer – and don’t keep your lock de-icer in your car! If your doors themselves are frozen shut, don’t yank on the handle – it could break off. Instead, use a de-icer around the door to defrost it before trying to open it.
- Battery problems
If your car struggles to start in the winter, it’s probably a problem related to the battery. Cold temperatures are hard on batteries, especially since people tend to be powering things like heaters and lights at the same time! If your car is struggling to start, try turning off all the electrics and dipping the clutch when you turn the key. Then, head over to Halfords, where we can test the battery and alternator and fit a new battery if you need it!
Remember, we offer a free 5-point winter check. We’ll take a look at your oil level, battery health, car bulbs, windscreen wipers, and screenwash to make sure that you’re good to go this winter. Click here to find out more.