Winterizing Your Vehicle

02.18.19 | Sonny Delfyette | Comments[1]

I had an interesting conversation with Family Life Singles leader Debbie Fero today. Debbie's TPMS came on and she was embarrassed that she didn't know how to add air to her tires. She was also frustrated that no one would help her at the gas station, and a man sitting in the car next to her just watched. When she finally figured it out, the man exits his car only to yell "What's wrong with you? Don't you know how to put air in a tire?!"
Thanks for the compassion sir. *Sarcasm*

Just so you know, everyone's tires lose pressure in cold Winter weather. If you aren't sure what to do, here's a helpful video:

If you have a newer vehicle, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System is this icon that will illuminate on your dash when pressure is low:

A recent survey from Goodyear Tire found that 49% of Millennials (people 22-years of age and younger) had no idea what to do when that warning light turns on. Again, add air to a tire, or tires. And check your tire pressure once a month, even more frequently in sub-zero temps. Also check for tire wear and tire depth. If you place a penny in the tire grooves and you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires.

After our conversation Debbie said, "Maybe you can ask all men to HELP a woman who needs help with her car instead of just watching and then yelling." I laughed and told her that all men are not car-savvy, and many women don't need any help at all, but I understood what she meant.

Just then another male co-worker spoke up, "Yeah, I accidentally added windshield wiper fluid to my transmission fluid! Fortunately I noticed what I did before driving off and had a friend Shop-Vac the fluids out." 

Then I added that I knew of a guy who almost attached jumper cables to his car's fuse-box instead of the battery! And that it could have blown up in MY Face! Wait... I mean, his face. Yeah, his... not mine. But, um... it was me. "Fools and Babies, Fools and Babies"

But seriously, your battery is super important! You probably already know if your battery is weak as many vehicles have needed jumps to start this Winter. Some auto supply stores like AutoZone offer free battery strength checks.

Have you checked your Antifreeze? Your radiator and the fluid helps keep your car warm and your windshield defrosted. A helpful video can be found here:

Windshield wiper fluid specific to cold Winter temps help a lot too!

Please share with anyone who could use a little car help, and safe travels!




Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 02.19.19 John W. commented

Temperature affects tire pressure. While your tire may be be marginally okay pressure wise at 50 degrees, at 10 degrees it probably will be low on pressure. The general rule of thumb is 1 psi / 10 degree F. So, a change of -40 degrees (above) is a rough change of -4 psi in your tire.