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Freezing temperatures and your car!

Here are some ways to deal with these ice cold temps and your car to prevent any damage or being stranded:

The Battery: When starting your car on a morning like today, you can tell the affects the cold
has on your motor. It's important that your battery is regularly tested
and is putting out proper Cold Cranking Amps (called that for a
reason!), if they're too low, you just may need a boost when it's this
cold - Or change your battery.

The Oil: Using a lower viscosity
oil (such as 5w30 for the winter instead of 10w30) allows the oil to
flow better in cold temps. The oil IS the blood of the motor, when it's
freezing out, the oil turns thick like honey and needs to be warmed up
to protect/lubricate the motor properly. Try to keep the revs (RPMs) low
until your car reaches proper operating temperature and NEVER load the
motor (floor it) at low revs.

Block Heater: If your car is
equipped with a block heater, USE IT! Most Fords now have the block
heater plug more accessible than ever before. Go to a hardware store and
pick up a power outlet timer and have it turn the block heater on a
couple hours before your commute. This keeps the oil/motor warm and puts
less strain on the battery when starting. You will also have reasonably
warm heat out of the vents as soon as you start it up!

Wipers
and Windows: Free your wipers by hand before turning them on, other wise
it could break the blades, or even the linkages that move them. A good
idea to is to keep them raised off the windshield when parked to prevent
them from freezing. Also, scrape any ice that could be holding your
windows from opening, fixing window brackets and regulators is not
always cheap!

Stay warm and safe driving!
Photo: Freezing temperatures and your car!... Here are some ways to deal with these ice cold temps and your car to prevent any damage or being stranded:

The Battery: When starting your car on a morning like today, you can tell the affects the cold has on your motor. It's important that your battery is regularly tested and is putting out proper Cold Cranking Amps (called that for a reason!), if they're too low, you just may need a boost when it's this cold - Or change your battery.

The Oil: Using a lower viscosity oil (such as 5w30 for the winter instead of 10w30) allows the oil to flow better in cold temps. The oil IS the blood of the motor, when it's freezing out, the oil turns thick like honey and needs to be warmed up to protect/lubricate the motor properly. Try to keep the revs (RPMs) low until your car reaches proper operating temperature and NEVER load the motor (floor it) at low revs. 

Block Heater: If your car is equipped with a block heater, USE IT! Most Fords now have the block heater plug more accessible than ever before. Go to a hardware store and pick up a power outlet timer and have it turn the block heater on a couple hours before your commute. This keeps the oil/motor warm and puts less strain on the battery when starting. You will also have reasonably warm heat out of the vents as soon as you start it up!

Wipers and Windows: Free your wipers by hand before turning them on, other wise it could break the blades, or even the linkages that move them. A good idea to is to keep them raised off the windshield when parked to prevent them from freezing. Also, scrape any ice that could be holding your windows from opening, fixing window brackets and regulators is not always cheap!

Stay warm and safe driving!

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