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How does cold weather affect your car?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Winter Street Northwest ChicagoIf you own a car and live in Chicago, it is safe to say you will have some concerns as the winter months ramp up. It is important to know how your car is affected by cold weather, as this can go a long way in helping you make the right decisions in terms of protection.

Here are three ways cold weather can affect a car:

1. Motor oil will thicken. As a result of this, your engine may take a bit longer to turn over. For this reason, it is best to let your car warm up before you throw it in drive and take off.

2. Windshields will be difficult to clear. Can you think of anything worse than snow and ice accumulating on your windshield? In the most severe of cases you will find it a challenge to clear the windshield before hitting the road.

Warning: using hot water to clear an icy windshield could cause it to crack.

3. Greater fuel consumption. Even with low gas prices, nobody wants to hear that they will consume more fuel during the winter months. However, this is typically true. There isn’t much you can do about this, outside of waiting for warmer weather to come to Chicago.

These are just a few of the ways that cold weather can affect a car. The best thing you can do is keep your car protected, such as in a garage, as often as possible. This can help you avoid some of the most common concerns.

Important Car Fluids to Check Regularly

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Cleaning Supplies 007It doesn’t matter what type of car you own, nothing changes the fact that there are fluids essential to its performance and longevity. As a car owner in Chicago, even if you don’t do your own auto repair work, you should be familiar with the many fluids that keep your car running.

1. Motor oil. This is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. In short, motor oil lubricates the engine, which reduces friction and keeps your engine from getting too hot. If you don’t change your oil as recommended by the manufacturer, you are taking a big risk with the overall health of your vehicle.

2. Transmission fluid. This acts in much the same way as motor oil, keeping your transmission cool and lubricated. This fluid does not need to be changed nearly as often as motor oil, but there will come a time when this is required.

3. Antifreeze. Not only does this help prevent freezing during cold weather months, but it protects your engine against overheating.

4. Brake fluid. How are you going to stop your car if your brakes aren’t in good working condition? If your brake fluid needs to be changed, don’t delay in doing so. This will keep you safer while on the road.

5. Washer fluid. This has nothing to do with how your car performs, but a lot to do with safety. Make sure you always have enough washer fluid, as you will need this if your windshield gets dirty.

Do you need to change one or more of these fluids? Are you unsure of whether or not your car’s systems are working as they should? Contact Car Fix Auto Center to setup a tune up appointment. We are here to answer all your questions while providing top notch service.

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