While you can buy batteries that are designed to function in extremely cold weather, they can be pricier and sometimes unnecessary. If you do find that your car won’t start, it could very well be that the battery fluid has frozen and you will have to warm it up. One of the quickest ways to thaw the fluid is to get a jump off from another car. This will allow your alternator to send a current to your battery and the fluids to unfreeze.
Tire Pressure and Tread
As the holidays come up and everyone hits the road, you want to make sure your tires are ready for the trek. Your tires could lose pressure or not have enough tread to be able to grip the icy streets. As the temperature drops, your tires could lose 1 – 2 pounds of air pressure for every 10 degrees of temperature change. If your tire pressure isn’t high enough, then not only will your gas mileage be affected, but so will your tire rims. The same can be said about not having enough tread left on your tires. Insufficient tread can cause you to lose control more easily when driving on slick areas compared to new tires with enough tread.
There are three parts of the brakes that you need to be aware of when it comes to cold weather driving; the brake fluid, the brake booster and the vacuum supply hose. While your brake fluid can’t freeze, it can congeal when temperatures drop. When it congeals, you will stop more slowly. It also creates air bubbles in the fluid. Now if your brakes do completely freeze up, it is more than likely caused by condensation in the booster or vacuum supply hose.
If you’re unsure whether your tires, brakes or battery are ready for all of your family’s adventures this winter, make a call to our expert technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Rufe Snow near Fort Worth, Texas. We’ll get you all taken care of so you can be certain your family will enjoy traveling through the winter wonderland. Remember, just because you’re prepared for the cold weather, that doesn’t mean everyone else on the road is. Be careful out there and know that if ever you find yourself in a tight spot, we’re just a phone call away.