With the first snowfall hitting Edmonton not too long ago, it poses the question: is your car winter ready? What does it take for your vehicle to be prepared for cooler temperatures? For high-end vehicles, such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, it is important to give it an appropriate tuning and service before the mercury drops to keep the vehicle in good condition.
Having winter tires is one of the biggest subjects when it comes to winter driving. It should be a high priority to install winter tires just before the snow falls, especially in a place like Edmonton.
You often hear people saying, “I have all-season tires, so I’m okay!” There are several reasons why winter tires are a great investment. The rubber used to make these tires are softer and capable of driving on uneven pavement covered with ice. All-season tires can freeze and become stiff, therefore losing its capability to grip onto pavement. There are also instances of all-season tires stiffening up in frigid cold temperatures, so much so that it feels like having square tires when put into motion. Part of your BMW, AMG and Mercedes maintenance is to install recommended winter tires when the cold season approaches.
Another aspect to consider with your luxury vehicle is the coolant. To prevent a cracked radiator, a cracked engine block, or anything that pertains to the cooling system, the coolant strength needs to be adjusted for low temperatures in places with cold climates, like Edmonton. Damages can become costly to repair, especially for high-end vehicles. If the coolant in your vehicle has reached the end of its life, EUROTEKK can perform an AMG, BMW or Mercedes coolant flush to reduce the risk of damage.
Engine oil is also an important aspect of winter driving. In the summer when temperatures are higher, your vehicle’s engine can take oil that is more viscous. However, in colder temperatures, the same oil may result in unfamiliar noises, clicking and clattering sounds coming from your vehicle. If ignored, these could lead to greater issues and damage your engine. It is recommended that you use a less viscous (thinner) oil in the winter so it can flow with ease to the oil pump when the engine starts. A thicker engine oil in the winter can react like honey, with little to no flow, resulting in engine damage because the oil pump cannot pick up the oil. It is very important to follow the manufacturer’s recommended oil specifications reflecting the oil grade or specs for winter. Our BMW, AMG and Mercedes service can address these concerns specific to the vehicle and perform required maintenance or repair.
Block heaters or oil pan heaters are also useful items to make winter driving more comfortable. These will help your engine warm up quicker, as well as your passenger compartment. It is always a good idea to warm your engines long enough until you feel warm air coming out of the vents. Driving as soon as you start your engine in low temperatures can create more engine wear, consume more fuel, and won’t clear your windshield of any ice.
What are some preventative measures you can take to avoid collisions in the winter?
Checking alignment, having effective brakes/ABS, and good suspensions (shocks, control arms, ball joints, bushings) can prevent possible collision. Proper maintenance of your BMW or Mercedes can address these functions before it becomes an issue. In order to control your vehicle, these functions need to respond properly to the commands. On icy roads, your alignment should be correct, otherwise it can point in a different direction once you hit an icy patch causing you to lose control of the vehicle. Your vehicle’s shocks are also important in keeping it stable while driving over bumps and potholes. If your BMW, AMG or Mercedes brakes are not functioning properly, EUROTEKK can repair or replace them if necessary as they pose a risk to yourself and other drivers.
Leaving more space
At the start of the winter season, precautions are taken to ensure safety on the roads, such as leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you and slowing down early to prevent slipping on ice. Many people will adopt the winter-driving attitude for their own safety, and others as well. In some cases, it may be useful for drivers unfamiliar with winter driving to take a course on the best practices. Even for people who have been driving for years, taking a refresher course on winter driving can enhance those winter driving skills. Some people may argue that taking a simple driving exam is enough to know how to drive in the winter. But this may not be enough, thus taking a winter driving course can be beneficial.