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Tips On How To Winterize A Hybrid Car

This is a guest article on tips to winterizing your hybrid car.

When approaching the winter, you should winterize your hybrid car to maintain the highest efficiency. Hybrid cars have the same winterizing need as do traditional car. There are a number of things that you should take into account while winterizing the hybrid cars.

WinterizeYou should perform assessment on the hybrid car and appropriate tune up when a winter is approaching. When diagnosing the hybrid car, you must check all car parts including the engine, brakes and etc. The cold temperature of the winter will worsen the existing fault in the car so you should get them repaired beforehand.

[ad#Google Adsense]You should check the antifreeze level of the car. Most engines in hybrid vehicles are water cooled like standard car engines. By ensuring the hybrid car has the right mixture of antifreeze, you can prevent possible damage caused by the frozen liquid.

To maintain maximum performance, you must change the oil and filter. Dirty oil will cause problem in the engines and decrease its efficiency. Besides the oil filter, you should also check other fluid levels and filters and replace them as necessary.

During the winter, it can be hard for the car to move in the snow. To solve this problem, you can install snow tires on your hybrid car so that it can travel smoothly across the snowy roads. You can also fix all season tires to your vehicles to obtain the best result.

If you live in an extremely cold region, you can install the engine block heater in your hybrid car. Before installing the block heater, you should call your hybrid car dealer to see if the model is equipped for it.

To increase the engine’s performance, you can install a front grill block. The front  grill block is installed between the grill and radiator. The front grill block has the ability to increase the car’s mileage.

In some hybrid model, the heater stop functioning when the car come to an idle stop. If you encounter this issue with your hybrid model, be sure to keep gloves and blanket in a nearby places so that you can easily accessed them.

You should get the appropriate oil change for your vehicle. During the cold weather, the oil in the car will become thicken. If the oil is too thicken, it cannot keep the engine from lubricated. You should refer to the manufacturer’s manual on what oil to use during the cold climate.

If your wiper blades is used for more than one year, you should replace it. The wiper blade must work efficiently so that you can see in a blinding storm. To help the wiper works properly, you can pour the windshield washer fluid into the windshield washer reservoir. Plain water should not be used because it will become frozen. You should also check the heater and defroster to make sure they are working properly.

During the winter, the hybrid car will have a lower mileage. The tank should be filled with gas all the time to maintain a minimum condensation. When pumping petrol at the station, you can also take time to check your tire pressure. The cold weather can decrease the tire pressure so you will have to pump in the tire pressure from time to time. Hybrid cars are lightweight so you’ll want to drive them slowly on icy road to prevent slipping.

How To Winterize Your Car For Storage

Winter will be here before we know it and so will the frigid temperatures it brings.  This means my Mustang will need to be garaged and winterized to protect it from the elements.  There are special precautions that need to be taken to protect a car in the winter that goes beyond throwing a car cover over it.  Below are the steps and actions I take to make sure my car is ready to roll next spring.

Maintenance

I make sure it gets a fresh oil change, air filters are good, and any other maintenance that I was putting off gets done.  This includes flushing your coolant system and adding new antifreeze, most maintenance shops will flush your radiator for you if you are not familiar with the process.  Also, make sure your battery is cleaned and the terminals are removed.

When cars set they will deteriorate faster than when you are driving them frequently, so get the maintenance taken care of before putting your baby to sleep for the winter.

Tire Pressure

Anyone that has a car set for very long knows that tires have a way of going flat, so make sure your pressures are correct before parking it.  The most optimal route would be to put your car up on jack stands, but I never have.  Routinely during the winter I will also check the tire pressures again so that I don’t come out in the spring and see 4 tires setting on rim.  Obviously a car setting for long periods on a flat tire will rupture the tire itself.  Furthermore, cold temperatures will lower the pressure in a tire, so adding air at intervals during the winter may be necessary.

Full Gas Tank

It’s also important to keep a full tank of gas in the car, this is to prevent your gas lines from getting moisture in them and freezing.  There are fuel stabilization products you can buy if you are worried about the gas deteriorating and preventing the car from starting in the spring.

Clean And Wax The Vehicle

A nice thorough cleaning and wax will help prevent rust from forming or any other corrosion.  Also, dust has the capability of actually scratching the paint if an unprotected car is touched with a layer of dust on top.

It’s also important to make sure your interior is ready to be stored as well.  I always clean and add protectant to my leather seats, so I don’t have cracked seats in the spring.  I’ll also do a quick once over to make sure all my weather stripping is up to snuff, replacing any that need to be.

Cover Your Car

Lastly I purchase a quality car cover to place over my vehicle for the winter.  The more dust and possible debris I can keep off of my car the better.  Make sure when purchasing a car cover that you find a quality one that will allow moisture to escape if you happen to be storing it in a damp garage.  Trapped moisture can spell rust for any vehicle parked for long periods at a time.

The car cover is the one place where I will spare no expense when protecting my car for the winter storage.  Simply throwing a cheap tarp over my Mustang is not enough to give me piece of mind and often times they dont’ fit properly and end up ripping anyways.

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Hopefully by following the above steps when preparing your car for winter storage you will have a fresh ready to roll car come the first warm day of spring.  Taking the extra precautions now to protect your investment will give you ease of mind over winter and pay off in spades when you can jump in and drive worry free when your baby is ready to wake up.