Save Yourself From 5 of the Most Annoying Winter Car Problems With These Simple Steps


It’s 5:30 am on a Monday, -40 degrees Celsius and it is time to leave for work. You shuffle through 2 feet of fresh powder that the heavens have graced Northern Alberta with overnight. Each breath you take feels as though your lungs are about to cave in. It’s cold, bloody cold. You get into your car, truck, SUV, or van, fumble through your keys and shove it frantically into the ignition. You turn it, shivering, and your car begins to…! Do nothing, nothing at all. Your vehicle will not start. Your battery is dead and the engine is quite literally frozen. If you magically got it to go after an hour of fiddling with jumper cables and coaxing the engine, you discover that your wiper fluid has gone into hibernation. Oh and to top it all off, the heater only pumps out cold air. WHAT THE HELL.

Happy Monday, Happy Freakin’ Monday.

We have all been there, and it’s terrible. Even though the kids have the day off due to extreme cold, you still have bills to pay and need to get to work. Well guess what? If you haven’t properly prepared your vehicle for a Cold Lake winter, then get ready to hear a lot of ‘You’re late’ and judgmental frowns from your less than impressed boss. Lucky for you, you have stumbled upon this article full of great tips and tricks to minimize your winter problems this year.

  1. Get a block heater and plug that puppy in! You can get away with not plugging your vehicle in for a little while, however when that -50 with the wind chill kicks in you need every little bit to wake that engine up! Imagine if you could get a dose of caffeine before you had to wake up, it would be a lot easier right?
  1. Routinely service your vehicle! It is amazing how smooth your vehicle run if you are attentive to the needs of your truck or car. There are so many parts that rely on each other in a vehicle, so if you begins to fail, a chain reaction could occur that could result in an even bigger bill.
  1. Winterise your vehicles fluids! Washer fluid freezes and even your antifreeze needs to have a proper pH balance to perform properly. There are different kinds for different environments, so if you are unsure of what kind you need do not hesitate to give us a call or email!
  1. Do not over crank the ignition. If it does not start quickly, let it go and give it a little bit to cool off. It already is cold so it won’t take long. If you overheat it you will have a bigger problem on your hands.
  1. Dry gas can help! Just consult with your service adviser to ensure you are using it correctly. Many gas stations may already add this to the fuel, but it is good to double check. If your gas line freezes then your vehicle will not start until spring, unless of course you can get it towed somewhere inside.
  1. Diesel fuel has the potential to gel as well, so a conditioner won’t hurt. Just make sure your truck needs it, give us a call and ask one of our service advisor’s to be sure.
  1. Keep your tank full! No it is not an oil company trick, it helps prevent condensation in your tank and fuel line which leads to freezing.
  1. Get your electrical systems checked out, along with your battery. These are the most common reasons your ride does not start.

Now hopefully these tips will help you see a somewhat flawless remainder of a beautiful Cold Lake winter, however if you find yourself in situation where it is too late for winterizing, please give us a call or visit to get help now!.

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