Over the past several days, we’ve discussed different tips for keeping your vehicle in order for this winter. Ryan Case, from Perry Automotive, was kind enough to film videos for us sharing his own tips. We’ve individually touched on your vehicle’s filters, flushes, tires, and heat – but all of these parts work together in your vehicle during the winter. Therefore, you’ve got to get ready! Here is RVTL and Perry Automotive’s ultimate winter survival guide.
Filter Survival Guide
The biggest three filters to take care of are:
- Cabin Air Filter,
- Fuel Filter, &
- Engine Air Filter.
The fuel and engine air filters both have an effect on your vehicle’s fuel economy; for this reason, it’s important to change both at least every other oil change. If you don’t change these filters at every other oil change, the other milestone would be every 10,000 miles. The cabin air filter, however, may need to be changed more often, particularly in humid or dusty climates.
Flush Survival Guide
Out of all your vehicle’s flushes, arguably the most important ones are the coolant and transmission flushes. Both should be changed every 30,000 miles, particularly the coolant one.
When you’re dealing with your coolant flush, make sure to keep tabs on the pH level. If the pH of your coolant isn’t correct, your engine could overheat. Additionally, the pH can affect whether or not your vehicle’s automatic stop or start will work (if your vehicle has this feature).
What products would you need for this?
For working on any of these flushes, Perry Automotive strongly recommends products from Valvoline. We definitely suggest giving their products a look and perhaps a try!
Heat Survival Guide
Our tip for your vehicle’s heating system for this winter is very simple: make sure it works! Preferably, make sure it works before you head to an area of the country experiencing a heavier winter than your region. That way, you’re not sitting in traffic freezing when you could be nice and toasty.
Tires Survival Guide
When you’re getting your tires prepared for the coming winter, there are 4 main things that you should be aware of:
- Check your tread. If your tires are too worn, they will slide all over the road. This is incredibly unsafe, especially when there will be ice and snow galore for the next few months. Take your vehicle into your local automotive repair shop to make sure you have enough tread for the season.
- Maintain a good stopping distance. Along with the tread of your tires, an ample following and stopping distance can protect you from sliding into an accident. Don’t follow too closely behind other cars; you could potentially cause an accident on a slick road.
- Go in for a tire rotation. Rotations ensure that your tires will all have a relatively even level of wear and tear. With uneven wear, tires can be bumpy or choppy and overall not great to drive on. Make sure to get your tires rotated regularly throughout the whole year!
- Make sure you’ve got the correct load for your tires. A quick visit to your local automotive repair shop can ensure that you’ve got the right tires for the job you’re doing.
The Big Takeaway
The biggest takeaway from this entire guide is this: make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition, and take care of it to maintain this condition. Taking care of your vehicle is a lot of work, but even with a busy schedule, make time to ensure your safety in your vehicle. Take it into your local automotive repair shop, work on it yourself, and be safe this winter.
Here at RV Transport Life, we strive to provide resources, information, and advice to people in the RV industry. Hopefully these tips will help to keep you safe and warm during your journeys this season. We wish you safe travels!