Are You Ready for Winter Weather? "Uncle" Bill OGorman and some tips to help get ready for Old Man Winter...Share this! in Cortland, NY

Are You Ready for Winter Weather?  "Uncle" Bill OGorman and some tips to help get ready for Old Man Winter...Share this!

Uncle Bill OGorman's Blog | Are You Ready for Winter Weather? "Uncle" Bill OGorman and some tips to help get ready for Old Man Winter...Share this!

Sitting back, I realized that this will be my 30th Winter in the Automotive Business.  That is a lot of brooming cars, moving lots and keeping vehicles ready for customers who need to upgrade.

As such I starting writing things down and created this article that may help you and your family be "Winter Ready" this year.

So... bundle up and get ready! Cold weather is on its way! You may already be experiencing winter weather conditions, but if not, rest assured, you probably will soon.

If you live in the tropics, you, of course, are off the hook for this one. When that first true cold snap hits, regardless of what area of the country you are in, you feel it down to your bones.

Nowhere do you feel it more than when you get in a cold car. If you find that your car just doesn’t warm up to your desired level of comfort, there may be a problem. Here are a couple of basic checks to make before you head to the mechanic.

  • Check your coolant level. It could make a huge difference if you are only a liter low on this most important fluid and can affect the quality of heat from your HVAC system. Always check your fluids when the engine is cold and you are parked on a level surface. You will find your coolant reservoir with marked ‘low’ and ‘full’ lines on the side. Never fill past the full line. Instead of using water, make sure you buy the proper coolant for your vehicle. There are several on the market to choose from, but the standard is a pre-mixed brand. These are already diluted to the maximum freeze-point protection.
  • Check your Brake Fluid level.  Always be sure each season that your car will stop when needed.  Same is true for your brake pads and rotors.
  • Check your air filter.  Just as a dirty and clogged furnace filter can reduce the efficiency of the furnace in your home, a clogged cabin air filter can reduce the efficiency of heat flow in your car. It can also contribute to lower gas mileage and window fogging.
  • Check your wash fluid. Be sure your washer fluid is set below freezing and filled.  It needs to be ready to wash off the slush and dirt so that you can see clearly.
  • How is your car battery?  If it's 4 years or older, be sure to have it tested.  You and your family do not need to be stuck out in the cold weather.
  • Keep Supplies in your car!  Be sure to keep a flashlight with new batteries, a cell phone charger, some snacks and of course a blanket in your car should you be stuck somewhere for a bit.
  • How are your tires?  Regardless of all season or winter tread, check for tread depth.  Traction is key to be able to move and deep tread helps.  Be sure you have the right tire pressures and check the spare.  If you see "weather checking" small cracks in the rubber or low tread... get new tires.

If you have time on those freezing cold mornings, it’s always a good idea to start your car and let it run a few minutes to warm up the engine before you take off down your driveway. (Remember it is illegal in New York to leave a key in the car running)  This refers to cars with automatic starters.

This also allows time for your heater coils to warm and push that toasty air into your vehicle. Now, get out there and stay warm!!!!

"Uncle" Bill OGorman 607-543-1215

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