Winter’s Corrosion

Q: Even though it is still cold outside, spring is on the way.  How can I make sure my car is ready for the warmer temperatures?

A: One of the first things to check is your battery. Winter’s corrosion can act as insulation between the battery terminals and their cable clamps, disabling even the best electrical system.  It is a good idea to have the clamps cleaned.  If your battery is over 3 years old, it would be beneficial to think about replacement.

The air filter is another overlooked item.  This is your engine’s number-one dirt catcher.  It eventually loads up with minute particles that can restrict the free flow of air to mix with the fuel, and your engine becomes a gas-guzzler.   Over time, this could lead to additional running problems.

Don’t forget the coolant.  This is one of the hardest working fluids in your vehicle.  The coolant system should be flushed, and new antifreeze / coolant installed before the warmer weather if you didn’t have it done before winter.

Finally, your engine oil is likely to be more contaminated in the spring than at any other time of the year because of condensation formed in cold weather.  If it has not been changed within the last 3,000 miles, make sure you take care of it soon.