Winter Car Problems? Here are the common issues most drivers experience!

Thickening Fuel & Levels

When temperature drops below zero, transmission fluid, oil and antifreeze will probably thicken. This can easily be avoided by starting up your engine 10 minutes before you leave. By doing that, you’ll help warm up the fluids. We also recommend keeping a close eye on the fluid levels, most drivers tend to overuse the antifreeze fluids and forget to maintain the recommended levels. After your car is warmed up, make sure to clear your entire car of ice, snow or dirt which could affect your visibility. Having a good old ice scraper and brush in your car will make this process that much faster.

Fuel Lines

Frozen fuel lines are a very common issue during cold months. A condensation forms in the gas tank that causes the fuel lines to freeze. Because the condensation happens during winter temperatures, the cold will freeze the condensation, which will block the fuel engine to reach your car’s engine. If you’re experiencing car problems, make sure to contact us to receive the proper diagnosis and solutions for your vehicle!

Tire Pressure

If your car stays put outdoors, there’s a high chance you’ll experience low tire pressure. Cold weather tends to affect the tire pressure and cause it to fluctuate. Make sure you keep an eye on your dashboard where it will indicate to check your tire pressure.

Battery Power

Because the cold weather makes the battery overwork, it’s important for each driver to understand how much power it has left. Anything from running the heating, fog headlights will use the battery. We can help to diagnosing your battery with a computerized battery test done by professionals. We offer services such as the battery diagnosis, cleaning of the corrosion that will affect the battery or new battery replacement. We are your trusted local mechanic with a great team of trained professionals. If you’d like more info on car batteries, take a look at our latest article here.

Wipers Fail

Pay close attention to the wipers and washer fluid. When temperature drops below zero, your wipers and washer fluids are most likely frozen. The pressure of the ice/snow can also break rubberized wiper blades. An easy solution is to start up your engine and turn on the fans to defrost/heat. The heat will help to slowly melt away any ice or snow build on the wipers and will also help to warm up the washer fluids. Do a quick test before heading out to make sure the washer system works. This is an important step to ensure a clean windshield and good visibility.


Leakes happen, water can enter cracks when you’re driving and freeze overtime. This can lead to serious car problems such as damaging the braking system, steering and engine transmission. Make sure to contact us if you are experiencing any car trouble. It’s important to address these problems asap! We have a great team of professionals and up-to-date equipment to provide quality solutions to your vehicle! Contact us today for additional information or make an appointment.

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