Changing tires, filling washers with a product for freezing temperatures, installing winter wipers, checking the battery - just a small list of things that motorists make in the fall. However, many people forget that the car needs not only internal care, but also external. But all parts tend to wear out. Read what "holes" need to be lubricated to prepare the car for wintering.
1. Side windows
At first glance, it seems that the glasses are not in danger. However, particles of rain and snow accumulate at the base of the opening, forming slush. With the onset of frost, the liquid turns into ice, which prevents the glass from lifting / lowering or tightly blocks the lifting mechanism. The load on the power window motor increases and performance deteriorates. The characteristic rattle that accompanies every movement of the glass becomes a bonus. If such a prospect is not encouraging, be sure to treat the glass with silicone grease from a spray bottle or dry Teflon. As a preventive measure, lubricate the guides to ensure ease of sliding. This will ease the work of the lift motor. Finally, do not forget to remove any residual grease.
In summer, rubber seals on the doors and trunk are exposed to the adverse effects of heat and ultraviolet radiation. As a result, they dry out, crack and no longer protect the car. In winter, no better: high humidity, chemicals on the roads, temperature jumps. To ensure that the rubber is always "in shape", apply a layer of silicone grease to it. This will help prevent ice build-up, keep the elements free from winter chemicals and keep them flexible.
3. Door locks
If your car is not equipped with locks, you can skip this step, otherwise run to lubricate the elements. Humidity and reagents negatively affect the condition of the locks. Before the onset of cold weather, pour Teflon, WD-40 or any other agent intended for this purpose into the wells. The substance will protect metal elements from moisture and dirt. Even if you open the car with a key fob, the procedure still needs to be done. In the event of a breakdown of the remote control, you will have to use the well. But turning the lock in a sour "hole" is not an easy task.
4. Bonnet cover
Also, do not forget about the lock on the hood lid. He is under an even greater sight of neighboring cars, every now and then receiving a dose of reagents or moisture. We recommend treating the well with lithium grease. So you can be sure that the hood will not open by itself at one fine moment, and the lock will not be damaged.
5. Hinges on doors and fuel filler flap
Due to the negative impact of an aggressive environment, the elements begin to creak. Treat the door hinges with an anti-corrosion agent. Elements on the fuel filler flap are even more sensitive to salts and reagents, so prevention is not enough for them. The hinges must be constantly replenished with WD-40 or other waterproof grease.
With proper care, your vehicle will last for many years. Carry out regular inspections, and lubricate vulnerable parts on the eve of cold weather. Also read how much anticorrosive treatment will cost to the motorist and is it possible to do it yourself.