How to prevent your car engine from freezing

Timothy Alcock February 20, 2012 0

Some top tips to help you avoid a frozen engine this winter.

An abundant supply of antifreeze and a good mix are the only way to stop your engine from freezing

On a cold, dark winter’s morning when you’re already late for work, the last thing you want to discover is that your car engine has frozen overnight. Frozen engines are a common occurrence when the temperature plummets but a few simple actions can help to limit the risk of a frozen engine dramatically.

During the winter period you need to make sure you have antifreeze in abundance. Also known as engine coolant, an antifreeze helps to lower the freezing temperature of water inside the engine and prevents the engine from becoming deformed in shape when the water expands to form ice.

A lack of antifreeze or a poor solution of antifreeze and water can cause your radiator to freeze and lead to other mechanical failures within your vehicle. To prevent this ensure you always mix antifreeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

To prevent your engine from freezing you always need to make sure you use the factory recommended oil and viscosity for your car – the right oil will help to start your engine on a winter’s morning. Similarly try to ensure you regularly clean and check your battery’s posts and cables throughout the year and if your battery is on its last legs, it’s advisable to replace it before the winter weather takes hold.

Lastly to ensure your battery is protected from the frost you could purchase a battery blanket. This item is available in an electronic format and helps to insulate your battery from the cold. Wrapping old blankets on the exterior of the car is an alternative, cost-effective solution.