Caring For Your Car In The Winter

December 15th, 2014 by

Many drivers dread driving during the winter, even here in Athens, GA. But even if you’re not ready for driving in the snow, you need to make sure that your car is. In the following blog, we’re going to teach you some of the basics of winter car care for your Volkswagen.

Before the Snow Falls
Before the snow actually hits the ground, make sure that you take the proper precautionary measures to ensure that your VW vehicle is ready. Start by giving your vehicle a quality waxing to help protect its exterior finish. It is also a good idea to have your hoses and belts checked to determine whether or not they need to be replaced. This is something that you could even do by yourself.

Check the hoses and belts to ensure that they are fit snugly to the proper corresponding parts, and that they aren’t frayed, glazed, or cracked. It is also recommended that you change out your oil for one that is not only lighter, but that’s designed for sub-zero temperatures. This type of oil should A) Help your VW vehicle start up much more easily, and B) Cause less wear on your vehicle.

Next, make sure that you’ve checked your tires. The ones that are currently installed on your VW vehicle should be fully inflated, and you should also have a reliable spare just in case of an emergency. Finally, review your battery and spark plugs to ensure that they are working fine and that they don’t need to be replaced. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in a stalled vehicle in the middle of night during a cold winter.

Thawing Out Elements of Your VW Vehicle
To prevent your doors from freezing during the winter, consider smearing some silicone on them during the fall and spring. Place the silicone on all of the gaskets located between the car’s body and the doors. Washing your Volkswagen vehicle regularly is also a good idea since it will eliminate a lot of grim and salt off the vehicle and encourage faster thawing.

Another problem that most drivers face during the winter is that the locks in their vehicles freeze. To prevent this, simply spray some graphite into the key slot and then push the key inside several times to ensure that the graphite makes its way deep into the hole. This is a really effective way to prevent the locks in your vehicle from freezing.

Though Athens winters aren’t notoriously cold, you can never be too safe. There are several types of items that you’ll want to have on hand when driving during the winter, just in case. The first are brushes and scrapers. These are designed to help remove thick ice from your windshield or from around your door handles. It also helps to have some aerosol “de-icer”, which is designed to help unfreeze frozen locks and doors.

All of this sounds like a lot, but don’t worry! Simply schedule a service appointment and take your car into Volkswagen of Athens. We’ll take care of your tires, battery, spark plugs, belts, and hoses to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the winter!

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