Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

Everything You Need to Know About Your Car During Winter

Winter driving conditions in and around Denver can greatly fluctuate within a 12-hour period (and sometimes hour-to-hour!) not to mention day-to-day. It’s critical that you and your vehicle are well prepared for our winter months and are well aware of what it takes to stay safe on our roadways. The professionals at Pro Auto Care in Denver and Littleton would hate to see you stranded on the side of the road. Here’s a list of just some of the ways to keep you moving:

  • Watch out for winter-time malfunction lights (tire pressure light, coolant light, snowflake light, traction control light, battery light) and be prepared to act on them.
  • Have your battery checked out since the cold weather makes it more likely to die. 
  • Realize that the colder weather will decrease tire pressure so it’s even more important in the winter months to regularly check and adjust your vehicle’s tire pressure. Be prepared to inflate your tires as needed and ask about all season 3 peak snow tires are best for you since all-weather tires can lose their grip in the colder weather.
  • During the cold season, fluids tend to thicken. Check with your auto-care specialist to see if it makes sense to change a certain fluid during the colder months for your particular vehicle.
  • Clear your windshield of snow BEFORE you turn on your wipers. We see a lot of customers with expensive wiper damage caused by expecting them to do more work than they are capable of delivering. It’s not just the actual wiper, but the mechanical parts behind it that can be damaged.
  • Don’t dump hot water on a frozen windshield unless you want it to break. Same goes for blasting it with hot air. It’s best to use cooler air and warm it up gradually.
  • Give your engine time to warm up, regardless if it’s gas or diesel. This is where the blue light comes into effect. 

If you own a Diesel vehicle, you may see a blue light appear on your dashboard in the cold weather. This blue light is your diesel engine’s way of saying “give me time to warm up before you start driving me”.
Stay warm and safe this winter season. Make sure you have a great emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, warm gloves, nonperishable snacks, extra meds, and a portable car-charger. Pro Auto Care is here for you this winter and beyond. You can find us in both Denver and Littleton. 2030 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80222 and 2753 W. Church Ave., Littleton, CO 80120 both Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM.