November is almost here and the cold weather is quickly approaching. With the dropping temperatures, you might notice your tires starting to go flat. This is because the air in your tires becomes more dense, and more susceptible to leaks. As a rule of thumb, you should be checking your tire pressure monthly. However, I let this tire on the Green Machine slip, and now you can follow me on a journey as I dig the air compressor out of the garage and fix my flat!
Along with your tire pressure, be sure to check your tire tread, oil, windshield wipers and fluid, antifreeze and battery. The cold temperatures mean that your engine needs more current from the battery in order to start. Getting stranded in the cold is never fun, so you should test your battery to make sure it’s functioning properly. You can test the voltage with a voltmeter if you happen to have one or you can have a mechanic do the test for you. Another simple way is to turn on your headlights before you start your engine. If your lights get brighter when you turn the engine on, then your battery might be drained.
When your antifreeze runs out, your vents will no longer blow hot air. A winter in Maine is tough enough as it is, so a vehicle without heat wouldn’t make for the most comfortable drive. Also, tires with little tread left struggle to grip the road, and even more so with wintery conditions. A little car maintenance now can save you a lot of money in the long-term, as well as a headache later on. A very, very cold headache…
What tips do you have on winterizing a vehicle? I’d love to know!