Hyundai Vehicles: Care During a Deep Freeze


Here in Wisconsin, winter, the deep, frigid, freeze-your-fingers kind of winter, is inevitable. Milwaukee and its suburbs have already seen temperatures in the teens and single digits several days this winter and, if the experts are to believed, more deep freeze days and nights are on the horizon.


While your first priority should always be keeping you and your family warm, another top concern to have during such brutally cold weather should be for your vehicle as even the best of Hyundai vehicles can be negatively affected by the cold. Consider the following advice for taking care of Hyundai vehicles properly during the next deep freeze in Milwaukee:


Hyundai Vehicles: Care During a Deep Freeze


Keep your gas tank 1/2 full.  While this car care advice holds more importance for older vehicles, it still remains a good precaution for cold weather drivers. This is because it's common for condensation to build up in tanks in freezing temperatures, thereby causing fuel lines to freeze. But when you keep your fuel tank at least 1/2 full, you limit the air volume in the tank and reduce the risk of condensation building up.


Additionally, a partially full gas tank can improve the longevity of the fuel pump. That's because when you run low on gasoline, the fuel pump often starts sucking in air and overheating the equipment. An act that often leads to premature (and expensive) repairs.


Furthermore, gas (as with all liquids) is heavy and adds weight to your Hyundai. The heavier Hyundai vehicles are in the winter, the better traction they get on snowy roads. 


Inspect your battery.  Hyundai vehicles along with other types of vehicles can struggle to start during the cold weather. That's because car batteries typically produce less of an electrical current during their cold while simultaneously your vehicle will require more power than normal to start due to its engine oil becoming thicker the colder it gets. Both of these reasons are why so many Milwaukee drivers experience a dead or seemingly dead battery that won't start their vehicle during the winter.


You can prevent yourself from falling victim to inopportune battery troubles by consistently inspecting your battery and its connections, and by replacing it every three to five years. We recommend doing a visual inspection to ensure all of the battery's connections are tight and there are no signs of corrosion every month and before any long trips. Consider also purchasing and keeping a battery load tester in your glove box. 


In addition to your own regular battery inspections, be sure to schedule a battery check every time you bring your Hyundai in for an oil change. Never attempt to charge or jump your battery if it shows signs of being frozen as this may risk an explosion.


Wax your headlights.  During inclement winter weather, you can expect a lot of slush and ice to create messy road conditions. Such road conditions can cause your headlights to quickly become coated with mud and road grime, so much so that your visibility can be severely impacted. Make sure to regularly clean these vital components and coat them with a good layer of wax. This makes the headlights on Hyundai vehicles have a slippier surface to prevent future slush build-up.


Schedule Your Next Service Visit at Hyundai Greenfield


For more tips on the proper care and maintenance of Hyundai vehicles, contact our team today at Hyundai Greenfield. You can schedule your next maintenance visit either by contacting us online or over the phone at (414) 238-2000. Our experienced and friendly service staff are here to assist with all your Hyundai questions!

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