Top up your fluids before winter starts
Lubricant, coolant, cleaner — there are various fluids in your car that play several important roles when it comes to your engine’s health. And since the mechanical components of your car are under heavy strain throughout the winter months, it’s important to check your oil and other fluid levels when the weather lightens up in order to maintain effectiveness.
Motor oil is subject to significant temperature variations during the cold season. These changes are responsible for the formation of moisture, which reduces the effectiveness of the oil’s lubricating properties. That’s why it’s important to drain your fluids every spring, even if you don’t drive much during the winter. Alternatively, if you use motor oil designed to withstand extreme cold, come spring, it will need to be replaced with one that’s more suitable for summer weather.
During the summer, coolant prevents your engine from overheating. So it’s important to check on it before the summer heat wave finally hits. To preserve the mechanical parts of your car for as long as possible, your brake and power steering fluids have to be carefully maintained — your mechanic will make sure they stay at the appropriate levels so that your car continues to work at peak performance.
Last but not least, take a second to check your windshield wiper fluid: have you filled it since the last snowstorm? Don’t wait until you need it to find out!
During the winter, motor oil undergoes temperature variations that foster moisture formation and reduce its effectiveness. Change it in the spring.