Helpful winter hints – part 1

Consider Ken Parkinson, owner/operator at Krown Rust Control Hamilton as a resource when it comes to your vehicle.

While specialists in treating vehicles and even equipment with anti-rust and corrosive solutions, they also know a thing or two about cars, light trucks, vans – even SUVs.

With winter about to descend upon us at any time. Ken and his trained professionals have a few words to help you prepare your vehicle for this often difficult season.

Antifreeze should be changed periodically, just like engine oil. Over time it loses its ability to dissipate heat in order to prevent freezing at low temperatures. Regular antifreeze, usually green in colour, should be changed every 2 years. Most cars require a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze, but check with your vehicle’s owners manual to be sure.

If you need to change the antifreeze, be sure to flush the cooling system as well.

Also consider using thinner oil for winter months such as 5W30 instead of 10W30. Thinner oil is easier for your oil pump to pump through the engine on cold winter mornings. Or you can switch to synthetic oil.

Switch your washer fluid to the winter solution before the freezing temperatures come. Frozen washer fluid will crack your washer fluid container the same way frozen antifreeze can crack an engine block.

Wiper blades are one of those things you don’t think about until it’s too late. Take a quick look the next time you’re getting into your car. Are they worn out, ‘chattering’, or separating? If so, consider getting a new set of winter wiper blades.

Next time we’ll talk about some more proactive and preventative winter measures anyone can initiate.

Call Ken Parkinson at Krown Rust Control Hamilton, 905-575-0577 today. Isn’t it nice to find someone who understands and can help hinder the aging process of your vehicle – while protecting its value?

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