If you’ve been outside at all in the last week, you know that winter car care is at the top of our minds. It is freezing out there, so we’re here with a few tips on caring for your car during these frigid Saskatchewan winters.
Cold weather affects vehicle performance, so winterizing your vehicle is essential for longevity. Where to start?
Should I buy all-season or winter tires? It’s a question we hear often. If you live in a moderate climate, where there’s minimal snowfall and the temperatures stay above 7C, All-Seasons have you covered. Here in Saskatchewan, we’re seeing temperatures well below 7 degrees, so winter tires are our best option. They’re designed to stay soft and flexible at colder temperatures, which means they’re more stable on snow and ice.
Looking for a quote, but don’t have time over the holidays to book an appointment? Check out our Tire Wizard for a comprehensive quote, then book an appointment online! Buy any four tires right now, and you’ll receive a gift certificate to Rock Creek!
Check Tire Pressure:
You’ve picked out your winter tires, and you’re all set for winter, right? Well, cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop. For optimum performance and safety, make sure you’re at the right amount of pressure!
Check Your Oil!
Cold weather can cause motor oil to thicken. Make sure your oil is topped up for the winter to extend the life of your engine. Our awesome Kia service providers recommend synthetic oil for vehicles needing to withstand the subzero Saskatchewan temperatures. Synthetic oil offers better lubrication and engine protection at start-up, and it holds up better under extreme temperatures. The low viscosity of synthetic oil in temperatures of even -50C means it starts protecting your engine as soon as it starts up!
Should I Warm My Vehicle Up?!
The jury is still out. Seriously, it’s a global debate. Allowing your vehicle to warm up for 10 minutes isn’t really necessary for the engine; 30-60 seconds should do enough to get the oil flowing and the engine warmed up. Warming up the vehicle for any longer than that has its pros and cons:
- You’ll be warm (remote starters, heated steering and heated seats can help with that, too!), and in this weather, that’s not a bad thing!
- Warming up your vehicle can help de-fog and de-ice your windows, which is key for safe driving in the winter.
- Don’t want to idle to heat up your vehicle? Get in touch with our Wheaton Kia service team to find out about service promotions, and Kia Accessories, like an interior car warmer!
Check Your Battery!
When you think winter car care, the battery is likely one of the first things to pop up in your mind. Depending on how much and how often you drive, the average lifecycle of a battery is 3-5 years. Check with our technicians to see if you need to replace your battery!
Make sure there are no loose cables. Loose cables lead to a dead battery, and no one wants to find themselves without a running vehicle in sub zero temperatures (or ever, really). Need an appointment to have your battery checked? Give us a call or book online!
Have an Emergency Kit!
Cold temperatures are dangerous. If you find yourself stranded, it’s good to have some essentials stored in your vehicle, like:
- First-aid kit
- Multi-utility tool (screwdrivers/knife etc.)
- Portable phone charger
- Small shovel
- Protein bars
- Winter clothing (toques, mittens, scarves etc.)
We’re here to help at Wheaton Kia. If you’ve got any questions, or you need help caring for your car this winter, let us know by calling or booking an appointment with service. If you own a Kia, you can reach Roadside Assistance at 1-866-444-5421. CAA can be reached at 1-800-222-4357.