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Tips to Protect Your Car When Parking Outside in Cold Winter

Mar 13, 2019, 2:04 pm / Brian Lageose

As you know very well, winter is a period of extremely low temperature. Car parking in winter could lead to various problems and reduce the chances of your car running properly.

The problems caused by parking car outside in winter

  1. Battery death
  2. You may parking your car outside and find the car battery dead when trying to start again, because extreme coldness pulls voltage from the battery, making it difficult for your car to start. The health of the vehicle's battery needs to be checked before winter arrives.

  3. Thickening fluids
  4. Fluids such as the power steering, brake fluid and gas can thicken under low temperature. This makes it hard for your car to run properly.

  5. Drop in tire pressure
  6. There is a drop in your car pressure for every drop in temperature. This makes the tire to perform below normal.

  7. Damage from snow and hail
  8. It is not funny to wake up in the early hours of the morning to scrape snow off your car windows and windshield. Leaving the ice on your car can affect the paint and even car interior if melted ice water penetrates. What's worse, hail can leave dents on your car, which will negatively affect the beauty of the car.

How to protect your car when parking outside in winter

Due to the harsh conditions in winter, you need to take some measures to keep your car protected during. Some of the use tips are listed below.

  1. Inflate your tires
  2. It is necessary to inflate your tires to the proper rate to prevent them from developing flat spots. Make sure to place some blocks under tires when parking car on icy and smooth road to prevent the car from moving. Disengage the parking brakes and leave the car on a level surface.

  3. Keep car away from wet land
  4. There should be a moisture barrier between the car and the floor. If parking a car on wet land, the water may freeze into ice, so you will find the car tires frozen after a long-time exposure to coldness and moisture.

  5. Use a car parking tent
  6. Your car definitely needs a warm cover, Lanmodo car parking tent can fully cover the main body of your car. It is designed with a folding structure and its portability makes it usable anywhere. It has a sturdy structure made of fiberglass material to keep your cars safe from damages. With it, you don't have to worry about snow, hail and falling objects. The Lanmodo car parking tent has been tested to function well in extreme coldness, it can help prevent your car from being frozen and covered by snow, therefore saving you the trouble and cost of repairing your car.

  7. Remove the battery
  8. It is generally advisable to take out your car battery. You can take it inside your house and connect it to battery tender to keep it from losing charge. This will make it easier for your car to start whenever you insert the battery again. Do not place the battery on a concrete floor. Place it on a cool, dry and ventilated space while it is connected to the tender.

  9. Check car fluids
  10. Top-off all car fluids. This will reduce corrosion and prevent contaminants from getting into your car's internal system. Flush the brake system if you can. Consider adding a fuel stabilizer because when gasoline sits for an extended period of time, there is build-up and accumulation of gums and solids. This could damage your fuel tank and carburetor. Adding a fuel stabilizer helps to prevent this.

  11. Wax your car
  12. Precipitation can cause rust when mixed with acid dirt and other minerals on the car surface. That's why waxing is important. Wax provides another layer of defense for your car paint as it acts as a barrier between your car and moisture.

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