Although the weather in Denver has been downright Spring-like the past few days, it does not mean we are past the icy-grip of winter for the season. Last year, Denver received the most snowfall in March! That means, cold and wintry conditions will most likely still exist in the coming weeks—resulting in snow fall and dangerously cold temperatures. Are you prepared? Is your car? Will your engine start right up? Will you be able to see clearly through a blizzard? And will you be able to avoid slip-sliding your way down C-470 to your destination? Vehicles suffer just as much as we do, during severe wintry conditions– and that is why it is important to prepare your vehicle as you would yourself.
While it may remain convertible weather for the next week or so, it is a perfect time to take your car to a reputable ASE Certified shop to be winterized before the next storm hits. Things that should be checked include:
Battery charge: Cold temperatures severely deplete the life of a vehicle’s battery. Have yours checked before you are left with a car that doesn’t start. Floyd Whiting, Service Manager from local ASE certified shop, Keller Bros.,Inc, in Littleton surmises, “A dead battery is the most common reason I see cars unable to start in the winter. We’ve had about twenty dead batteries come in the last two weeks alone.” Have your battery tested before it dies. It will certainly be cold waiting for a jump!
Tire tread and pressure: Tires lose approximately one to two pounds of pressure per month in cold weather. It’s important to check tire pressure regularly, but especially during the winter. If your tires have not been rotated or are balding, traction will be an issue in icy conditions. The last place you want to be is in the median on I-25!
Exterior light function: Headlights are imperative to see the road in bad weather. Make sure all exterior lights are working properly so you can clearly see the road and other cars can see you.
Fluids: It’s important to check coolant levels and condition to ensure your car continues to work properly during cold weather.
The last piece of advice for proper vehicle maintenance during Denver’s winter months is to wash your car! Although going to the carwash in bitterly cold temperatures with snow on the ground may seem like a waste of time– snow, road salt, and ice can cause rust and eat away at paint!
For more tips and advice on how to winterize your vehicle before the next storm, check out my website, Monday Morning Mechanic.