Although we are in the middle of the spring season, winter is not far behind. The cold weather can have a strong impact on the working of your vehicles and during this time, we at Tow Mesa have also noticed an increase in the frequency of car breakdowns. Let's find out some of the major reasons why vehicles break down in winter.
Battery DyingThe cold weather can have a negative impact on your battery as it can prevent your car from producing a sufficient charge. The car battery may not be enough to spark the engine when you turn on the ignition. This typically happens when the car is left out in the cold for too long.
It is a good idea to keep a voltmeter device in your car and use it to check the voltage of your car battery if it is not starting. If the voltmeter reads anywhere between 12.40 and 12.75, you may be able to start your battery. However, if it is beyond this range, then you won’t be able to start your car and may require roadside assistance.
Problematic TiresMany people go through the trouble of changing their tires in the winter so that they can get more traction when they are driving through the snow. However, if your regular tires are maintained well, they can also tread through the snow in some conditions.
To ensure you do not face any difficulties in the winter, check the treads of your tires and make sure they are not worn down. Tires with good treads will prevent you from skidding in the snow. Another issue that drivers face is driving with under-inflated tires. This is because the pressure in the tire drops by 2 psi with every 10-degree decrease in outdoor temperature. If your tires are under-inflated, they can slip on the ice and can create a very dangerous situation.
That is why we emphasize the importance of keeping your tires maintained at all times, but especially during the winters.
Frozen Car FluidsAnother common reason why people ask for a towing service in winter is frozen car fluids. During the winter season, the various fluids in your car may thicken into a viscous texture and will not be able to circulate well and it will prevent the proper operation of your vehicle.
Low antifreeze levels in the car are a big reason why your vehicle’s fluid can freeze and result in your engine dying. A car with frozen fluids will make strange squealing noises and will even overheat out in the snow! That is why it is important to park your car indoors in a warm environment to prevent your fuels from congealing.
Low Gas in TankIt is a good rule of thumb to keep your gas tank sufficiently filled in the winter season. If your gas tank is almost empty, it can result in a risk hazard for you. The empty gas tank will be filled with moisture due to condensation in the tank. This water will flow to the bottom of the tank and will become ice which will clog your fuel lines, disrupting the fuel's supply to the engine, damaging the health of your engine due to contaminated fuel, and prevent your car from starting.
Winter can be a tough time for drivers and even with precautions can result in car breakdowns. If you are stranded on the road, don’t be worried. We, at Tow Mesa, offer 24/7 emergency roadside assistance to people in Chandler and the surrounding areas. Call us at 4807255862 if you are facing a car emergency at any time.