Jaguar XK: Preventive Maintenance to Get Your Car Winter-Ready
Whatever vehicle you drive, even one as powerful as the Jaguar XK, it needs proper maintenance in order for it to last longer. You also need to take care of your car properly to maximize engine performance and get better mileage. The end of summer is typically the perfect time to perform all the car care and preventive maintenance that your car needs. It's also the perfect time to get your car ready for worry-free driving during the winter season. Read below for some tips on how you can ensure that your Jaguar XK is properly equipped to cruise through icy roads:
- Check your engine and address any performance issues.
If you are having drivability issues with your car such as hard starts, stalling, diminished power and rough idling, it's time to get the engine checked. Cold weather will only make these existing problems worse so it's better to not worry about these things when that time comes. And although it's not yet time for the scheduled checks of your filters—oil filters, air filters, cabin filters—you might want to make sure they are still clean and will not dampen the performance of the engine. A properly tuned up engine will help your vehicle burn less fuel, thus improving gas mileage.
One simple step to keep ice from building up inside the fuel tank is by keeping it full. When the tank is full, moisture buildup is prevented. It would also help to put a bottle of fuel de-icer in the tank at least once a month during the winter season. This de-icer is designed to improve engine performance by eliminating moisture and ice from the fuel system. It also helps keep the carburetors, injectors and fuel systems clean. Consult your owner's manual for the particular de-icer that's compatible with your car's gasoline grade.
- Check the oil and change it more often.
You may be surprised to learn that you may need to change your engine oil more frequently in the winter. During cold weather, most oils have the thickness of maple syrup, so when you start the engine; the oil pump is forcing cold and thick oil through the engine including the filter. Because the engine has to work harder to circulate the oil during the winter, there is a risk of breaking the structural integrity of the oil; thus, needing frequent changes.
You have to keep in mind that a change in the outside temperature causes the tires to lose about a pound of pressure. And when the tires lose more pressure and become underinflated, this will require your engine to work harder than usual and therefore burn more gas. Fuel costs and risks of engine damage are increased when the tire pressure is not correct. Use a pressure gauge to check the tire pressure. Consult your owner's manual for the correct PSI level for your tires. You should also switch to winter tires, if you have them.