Aurora Mechanic Provides Useful Tips For Vehicle Winterization

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( — November 13, 2013) AuroraColorado — Winter, and the biting cold air that it brings tends to drive people indoors where they can stay warm and comfortable. Many people don’t think that their vehicles left out in the cold could use a little preparation work to ensure they’re ready for the cold conditions as well. Ken Rackley, owner and founder of Tune Tech Automotive has some useful tips to help people get their vehicle’s ready for the weather. “I see a lot of people driving their cars in the winter without taking the necessary precautions,” says Ken.


As a vehicle owner, you’re usually aware of when your car or truck needs to have its oil changed. But according to Ken, most people don’t take the weather into account. “Oil is not just oil,” says Ken, “the oil changes with the temperature, so you’re going to want to make sure you have the right kind for when the temperature drops.” If your car is running on a standard 10W-30 oil, Ken recommends you try moving to a 5W-30 oil. “You’re going to want to double check your manual to make sure you’re using the right oil.”


The engine coolant is also another aspect of a vehicle that people often overlook. The purpose of the coolant is to prevent corrosion from building up and harming a vehicle’s engine. In the winter months, this is especially important. A safe coolant to water ratio should be maintained at 60 percent coolant with 40 percent water.

The cold weather can also impact a vehicle’s battery performance as well. “You’re going to want to give your batter a good look over,” says Ken, “make sure there aren’t any cracks in the battery and to make sure that all of the connections, cables, and terminals are in good order.” You’re also going to want to make sure the fluid levels in your battery are topped off, if they’re not, you can refill them using distilled water. “You’re also going to need to double check the age of the battery.” On the battery’s housing there should be a manufacturers date printed. If the battery is old, you should consult with your mechanic about getting a replacement. “Snow tires and chains are also a good investment to make,” says Ken, “the hills and mountain areas throughout Colorado can see a lot of nasty weather. You’re going to want to make sure your vehicle can take those steep hills safely!”

Another thing Ken suggests people invest in is a high quality windshield wiper fluid with an antifreeze solution. “If you’re driving down the road with the snow coming down, the vehicle in front of you could kick up a lot of messy, dirty slush into your windshield.” Having a clear line of sight is essential for driving. Not having a quality wiper fluid is a common mistake that people make when it comes to winterizing their vehicles. Having a low quality solution also increases the risk of ice buildup further impacting your ability to drive your vehicle safely.

“Bad weather happens suddenly,” says Ken, “so you’re going to want to prepare an emergency kit in case you get stranded on the side of the road.” A good emergency kit should include road flares, blankets, a battery powered radio, boots, engine oil, washer fluid, coolant and a flashlight. Help may take hours to come, so having these items available in your vehicle is essential.

Owning a car is a responsibility. Following simple tips for winterizing your vehicle will ensure that you’re able to drive your vehicle safely without putting yourself or other drivers in danger. Ken Rackley and his experienced staff of Aurora mechanics at Tune Tech Automotive can assist with all of these winterizing preparations in addition to vehicle repairs and routine maintenance. Ken and his team can be reached over the phone or via their website to schedule an appointment.




Tune Tech Automotive

14851 E Colfax
Aurora, Colorado 80011