How Your Ram C/V Can Deal with Freezing Temperatures
Extremely low temperatures can cause a lot of troubles to your Ram C/V. Besides the visible metal parts that can get consumed by rust, plus the paint and chrome finish, can also get damaged. Even the interior cabin and the trunk can suffer. Moreover, traction, start-up, and visibility may as well be severely impacted. And the worst damage could happen with the most vital parts of your engine.But there's always a way to fight the unwanted results of freezing temperatures, and the way you do the maintenance will tell how your Ram C/V would fare during winter.
- Save the engine from corrosion.
Do not let corrosion damage the engine parts by ensuring correct amounts of antifreeze and coolant in the cooling system. If you choose to keep your vehicle in the garage this winter, make sure to drive it several miles from time to time to prevent the engine parts from drying up and seizing, while the power and performance are kept at best. You will also need to fill the tank up with fuel so as to prevent impurities from clogging the fuel filter, and ultimately affect engine performance.
- Don't let the battery to freeze.
The battery normally loses charge even when the car is not in use, but the charge is lost faster during the winter. When the temperature in your area drops like you're in Alaska, make sure that your battery reaches the charge reading of 1.300 so as to prevent acid solution freezing. In the instance that the lost charge is due to low water level, you may add water. Take note, though, that you should add water in freezing weather only if you will drive your Ram C/V immediately for several miles in order for the water to mix well with the battery acid. If not, the solution will freeze, and the battery will get damaged.
- Keep a more concentrated windshield washer.
Windshield washer fluid, which is generally a mixture of methyl alcohol, detergent, and water, is used for clearing dull windshield that results from moisture. The normal moisture can turn into ice during winter and so as the washer fluid because of the water presence. To avoid this from happening, you must ensure correct proportions of washer concentrate. Check your car manual for the recommended proportions.
Ice and road dirt can build up on the lenses of your headlights, taillights, and the side marker lights. You don't have any other choice but to make periodic stops in order to wipe the lenses clean. This way, you are able to ensure good road visibility, while you also make yourself visible from others.
- Choose the right kind of winter tires.
Depending on your location, you may need the kind of grip that is best for loose or hard-packed snow. The mud and snow winter tires have big ribs that effectively cut through loose snow. Meanwhile, hard-packed snow is best handled by metal studded tires or the chained tires. However, check first the winter tire regulations in your area before proceeding to a shop to buy a new set.