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What does your vehicle need to survive winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks, Vehicle Tech on Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 4:06 pm
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How to prepare your vehicle for a Wisconsin winter

Winter is nearly here, or if you are reading this late, we may already be in the thick of it. That can mean harsh driving conditions especially in a state like Wisconsin. You may be wondering how to prepare your vehicle for a Wisconsin winter. We have your answers right here.

2018 Buick Encore blue front view in the snowHow to avoid freezing gas lines

In the past, you certainly did need fuel additive in winter, but with modern gas, it may not be necessary. We have all seen the signs and labels that tell us we are pumping 10% ethanol. That 10% is enough to keep things from freezing.

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It’s not the gas that normally freezes either, but rather water that collects in your gas tank and fuel lines. The little bit of ethanol in 10% blend will take care of that water by lowering its freezing point. This way you won’t have an issue even when the temperature dips below zero.

With that said, if you use premium gas, then you may want to keep an eye on the blend. Many gas stations don’t put ethanol in premium fuels. In that case, you may need to buy a fuel additive. There are also a few outliers out there that don’t use blended gas at all. So be careful if you are going to an unfamiliar gas station in winter.

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Man stranded with his car in winterDoes your engine need a special tune in the winter?

People often give their cars a winter tune up, but a modern car is perfectly capable of adapting to the winter temperatures. This was more important in the days of carbureted engines when a simple tune up could mean the difference between your car starting and not starting when the temps plummet. With fuel injection and modern computer technology, your car is smart enough to take care of itself.

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With that said, getting a winter tune up may still be a good idea but for different reasons. It’s smart to get your car thoroughly checked over. Make sure the spark plugs are good, the fluids are where they need to be, and any car troubles or error codes are taken care of. Winter can still be rough on a modern car, and you don’t want it to leave you stranded.

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