It Is Time For Winter Maintenance

It is that time of year. The time when the winter begins to creep down from Canada and like a slowly moving river of maple syrup, the rest of the country is soon covered with a mess. If you already haven’t right now is the ideal time to prepare your car for the winter and the best place to get parts for your Acura is the OEM Parts leader at acuraexpressparts.com. Whether you do your own maintenance or not, it is always a good idea to know exactly where your parts are coming from. Generic parts are rampant in the automotive industry and they are not always up to the same standards of the OEM parts. At Acura Express Parts we have genuine Acura replacement parts with the factory 12-month warranty.

Winterizing your car is much more critical if you live in an area that is plagued by deep snow and bitter, cold temperatures. There are many things you will want to do for your vehicle to get it ready for winter. If you live in one of our more harsh climates it is a good idea to finish this vehicle maintenance before the beginning of the year. That being said, what exactly does winterizing a car entail? Most of us understand that in order to winterize a sprinkler system it involves removing the water from the lines and making sure the pipes do not break. In theory winterizing a vehicle is not that much different. Whether you do the maintenance yourself or take it to the dealer it is critical that you follow your owner's manual and the recommended service intervals.

Fluids and Belts

The common enemy of engine parts is heat and the summer heat is brutal on engine oil and coolant. Regardless of what you may have been made to believe, engine oil is not indestructible and it is not self-cleaning. The general job of motor oil is to lubricate the delicate tolerances within the engine, carry away heat and suspend dirt and other nasty particles that can find its way into your engine. The unfortunate fact is that engine oil must be changed because it breaks down eventually. Never fear however, because most reputable shops either recycle oil or are able to take used waste oil for recycling. In addition to engine oil it is a good idea to test your coolant level and the protection level of the coolant. Coolant is as equally important in the winter as it is on the summer. Coolant has a much lower freeze point than water and it is integral to protecting your engine from freezing up in cold weather.     

So, the first part of this series is complete. The first steps in winterizing your Acura are to have the oil changed and the coolant either inspected or flushed. Next time we will discuss further steps in the winterization process. Until then, be sure and order all of your genuine Acura parts from Acura Express Parts. com!