Colder Weather Can Chill Your Car’s Performance | Millsboro Auto Care

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It’s not unusual for cars to act up and have problems when temperatures start falling. In and Out Tires can help you with that.

Overnight temperatures in Millsboro are predicted to drop into the 40s overnight by the time Halloween rolls around next week. It’s definitely sweater weather – at least in the mornings. It’s also weather that can make life miserable for drivers as their cars react badly to the autumn chill.

Angie’s List points out five ways the colder weather can adversely affect your car’s health:

  1. Thickening fluids – Car fluids, such as oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid, become more viscous, or thicken, which causes the fluids to move less freely. It’s wise to change your fluids before cold sets in and make sure they remain at the correct levels throughout the winter.
  2. Battery – “When temperatures plummet, your car’s battery works harder to start the car because its starting capacity is reduced in below-freezing weather,” Angie’s List says. “If the battery is three or four years old — regardless of the type of battery — consider buying a new one before winter … or take it to an auto mechanic so they can check its capacity.”
  3. Tire pressure – “In extreme temperatures, tire pressure can fluctuate. In cold temps, tire pressure can decrease at rest and increase when the car is moving. If the light comes on, inspect the tire,” Angie’s List advises. “Driving with low – or too much – tire pressure can lead to uneven wear and a shortened lifespan for the tire. It can also lead to a tire blowout on the road.”
  4. Leaking – “When water seeps into cracks in the road, the pavement chips away and potholes can form during a constant freeze-thaw cycle. Similar damage occurs to cars. … Metal and plastic will collect condensate when it constantly goes from cold to warm and back to cold again,” Angie’s List points out. “Condensation turns to water, which turns to ice… Ice in the power steering, brake and engine transmission systems can and will cause leaks in high and low pressure systems, when the ice cannot move through the lines and orifices in all major systems. Leaks in the steering and brake system can be potentially hazardous if a malfunction occurs.”
  5. Road salt – Road salt can stick to your car – especially its undercarriage – and corrode if left. You can help avoid this by washing your car frequently during winter months.

If you do not have a trusted Millsboro  auto care technician to check and/or repair these systems, it’s time to get to the know the auto care and auto repair specialists at In and Out Tires.

In and Out Tire Pros is a local, family owned auto care and auto repair service center that Bill and Rita Schrider have built into the top, trusted auto repair, auto care, and auto accessories service center in Millsboro. We are dedicated to giving you the very best auto repair and auto care service, with a focus on upfront and honest quotes, timely response to issues, and quality products and parts.

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