Winter Car Maintenance Must-Dos

winter car maintenance

We have had an unseasonably warm winter in Paducah thus far, but we’re just getting started now that we’re into January. There is still time to have some crucial winter maintenance done to your car before the temperatures drop any further.

  • Change your oil now before it gets too cold to spend time outside under your car.
  • Have your tires rotated. Replace them if the tread is worn and you notice them sliding on wet pavement.
  • Test your battery. Battery performance suffers in the winter, so you’ll want a top-performing battery when temperatures drop.
  • Check your lights: Visibility decreases in the winter time, so it is more crucial than ever to make sure your headlights, taillights, brake lights, etc., are all operating. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out.
  • Ask a professional to inspect your engine for any work that might need to be done.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades to make sure you can remove snow during a blizzard.
  • Pack an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Your car should always have an emergency kit, but in the winter, it is important to add coats, hats, gloves, and blankets.

Are you concerned your current daily driver won’t survive the winter? Browse our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.

Choosing Motor Oil: Which Is Right for You?

Choosing Motor Oil In Paducah, KY
Changing The Oil Is Important To Your Car’s Health

Choosing Motor Oil

Changing your oil regularly is one of the best ways to maintain your car. However, there are several types of motor oil now on the market. In particular, you’ll have to choose between various viscosities, a measure of thickness, and between regular and synthetic oils. Below are some tips on choosing motor oil that’s right for your car.

Does It Meet The Standards?

One of the steps in choosing the right oil, according to Popular Mechanics, is to make sure it meets the standards of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Oils that meet API standards are marked on the label of the container. You should also check to see that your oil has passed the Energy Conserving test, a test measured by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Types Of Oil

Next, choose between conventional or synthetic oils. Most conventional oils are made from a combination or recycled oil and refined petroleum. This type of oil has been in use for years, and it lasts roughly three months or 3,000 miles. Synthetic oils are specially designed in laboratories, and they often contain more durable compounds and detergents. These last about five months or 5,000 miles.

Viscosity?

Finally, choose the right viscosity, or thickness.  There are two numbers that show you this. For instance, 10W-30 can be broken down like this: “10” is the thickness at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (“W” stands for winter) while the “30” is the thickness at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. So, 20W-50 has more viscosity than 10W-30. You typically want thicker oil so it better coats the engine, but oil that is too thick will slow movement. The 5W rating is usually recommended for winter, while 10W is good for summer.

We at Chip Wynn Motors hope this helps. And remember, a simple oil change can keep your used car running longer.