Winter is a time when you may be at higher risk of developing car problems due to the bad driving conditions. Many of the components of your vehicle can be negatively impacted by cold weather and all that this entails. Here are just some of the common car problems you are likely to encounter at this time of year:
Problems with Car Battery
The cold weather can put a real strain on your car battery because it significantly reduces the amperage capacity of this vital component – this means the power output drops. Low temperatures also mean the battery is less able to hold a charge. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that you are likely to be putting a higher demands on the battery because you need to use the heater, wipers, and lights more regularly.
The key to avoiding battery problems in winter is to change this component if it is old (more than 5 years) and don’t leave your car unused for long periods without charging or starting the engine.
Your tyres need to be in good shape in order to survive the winter roads. You need to check your tyres to make sure that the threads have sufficient depth (you need more than the 1.6mm legal minimum grip for snow and ice – 2.5-3mm is recommended as a minimum), and you should also check for any signs of damage, such as cuts, bulges and sidewall cracking. Don’t forget to also check your spare tyre as well to make sure this is in good shape – you’ll need it in the event of a winter emergency!
Condensation in the Fuel Line
Condensation can accumulate in the fuel line at any time of the year, but it can be a particular problem during the winter months. This is due to the extreme changes in temperature between when your engine is running and when the car is just sitting in the cold. If this condensation accumulates in the fuel line, it makes it hard for the car to start.
The extreme road conditions during the winter months can put a strain on your suspension. This system is vital for keeping your tyres firmly on the road, so you want to make sure it is in good shape. If you notice anything suspicious, you need to get it checked right away.
Developing car problems in winter can be a major headache, and it can also mean unexpected demands on your finances. If you need to buy parts, you can save money by choosing Taroni’s – we are number one in the UK for used parts, and we provide free delivery on orders over £50. Contact us now and get your car back on the road!