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How Does Cold Weather Damage Vehicles?


Winter can be a real drag for our vehicles. Make sure you’re aware of how the cold weather can impact yours.

Winter has been pretty hectic this year—snow storms seem to come at random and only a few days later we’re back to nice, moderate weather. Regardless, cold weather can still lead to vehicle damage, especially if you neglect some of the maintenance basics. While you may not notice all of the little changes your vehicle will incur, it’s still important to be aware of what’s happening beyond the obvious. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the most common ways vehicle damage can be sustained via cold weather.

Dying Batteries

Cold weather is incredibly likely to adversely impact your vehicle’s batteries. This is because cold weather makes batteries work harder. Your car’s starting capacity can be greatly diminished as a result of below-freezing weather. This is especially true with older batteries, so if yours is getting up there in years, consider purchasing a new one or at least making a trip out to a mechanic who can check its capacity. Four years is generally a good time to replace your battery if you haven’t already.

Developing Leaks

Due to all the water that seeps into roads as well as salt that can end up doing some damage to pavement, the metal and plastic elements of your vehicle may become damaged. When condensation becomes water, which becomes ice, which then gets into your car’s transmission systems or brakes, serious damage can occur. Leaks within your steering or brake systems are especially dangerous. You may want to consider flushing all fluids before winter and remember to warm your car up a bit before you begin driving.

Fluctuating Tire Pressure

Extreme temperatures can cause some complications for your tire pressure. Winter temperatures can mean your tire pressure is decreasing at rest but increasing when the car is moving—and this means it’s important that you pay special attention to your tire pressure light on your dashboard.

Oil, Antifreeze, and Transmission Fluids

Any of the above car fluids can become more viscous during the winter, meaning they’re not able to properly pump and get to where they need to be. This is another instance where it’s a good idea to let your car start up for five or ten minutes before you begin driving.

Drop By Liberty Collision Today!

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