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Common Car Problems During Winter Months

Last updated 6 years ago

Even in the famously warm Arizona desert, cold weather hits each winter. For some drivers, family trips to the colder states can put even more stress on various automotive components. Cold temperatures can affect a car in many ways, and the best way to prevent any serious problems is by being prepared with proper routine maintenance. Here is a brief guide to some common winter car problems:

Cold Battery
One of the most common cold-weather car problems is a battery that is too cold to start. The chemical reactions that make batteries work occur too slowly in cold weather. Most Arizonans are not prepared for this problem, but it is a good idea to have a block heater to warm your car up, especially if you do not keep your car in a garage.

Thick Oil
Drivers in cooler climates know that winter calls for motor oil that is not quite so viscous. Cold temperatures will turn oil into thick goo, which can be worsened by the presence of excessive contamination. To avoid this problem, have your oil changed regularly to keep it clean and opt for less viscous oil if your car will be spending time in a cold climate.

Broken Heater Core
In the cooler temperatures, drivers tend to use their heaters quite a bit. For many drivers in Arizona, heaters are unused for most of the year. Consequently, some drivers don’t know how well their heaters are working. If your car heater blows cool air, then head to a repair shop to have your heater core and other components checked.

Low Tire Pressure
Air contracts significantly at low temperatures, which can cause your tire pressure to drop quickly. Arizona winters are characterized by frigid nights, so it is important to know that your tire pressure can drop quickly by as much as two psi for every 10 degrees. Always make sure that your tires are properly inflated before driving.

If you need regular maintenance for your car or  help preparing it for winter driving, come to Greulich’s Automotive Service and Collision. We offer a variety of maintenance and repair services with AAA certification. Call (480) 483-8186 for more information.



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