|Posted on 15 May, 2014 at 22:35|
Things to keep in mind as the cold weather returns
Living where we do we are lucky we don’t have the extremes of weather that some other parts of Australia do, Although I must admit that lately we have had some very sudden changes in the weather pattern.
The main problem that we have in our area in winter is Batteries. The cold weather brings an apparent problem in this area. If your cars battery is over three years old it could fail at any time. If the motor is sluggish to start on a cold morning, go and have it tested and if necessary replace it with a quality battery.
Have the engine drive belts checked for wear and replaced if necessary. Belts tend to harden in the winter and cause all sorts of problems if they break. Engine oil can become sludgy and thicken in the cold weather and should be changed before weather cools.
If you are one of the lucky people who get to go to the snow skiing then you need to make sure of the anti-freeze level in the coolant (radiator) and top up to at least 50% glycol before you go. The other things to check are wipers, the demister and air conditioner to help clear the windscreen and keep you warm over the cold period. Tyres of course should have good tread depth remaining for grip on the road.
Look at these things, take the appropriate action and have a good winter.