3 unloved parts of your car that need extra help this winter

Don't forget these essential maintenance tips

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I like to think that most DriveTribers are up to speed when it comes to keeping their cars running well through winter – things like keeping an eye on your fluids, making sure your washer fluid is topped up and keeping a Thermos of Bovril in your glovebox.

However, there are a few bits of your car that tend to go unloved as the temperatures plummet and Jack Frost starts getting his claws into your pride and joy.

Love your locks

Door locks definitely aren't particularly sexy, but that doesn't mean that they live an easy life – especially when the mercury plummets. If you have an older car with an exposed key barrel you may find that your locks get a bit sluggish in cold temperatures. This is usually caused by moisture and gunk in the lock mechanism that starts solidifying in freezing temperatures.

To combat this use something like Liqui Moly's Door Lock Care – not only does it clean and lubricate your car's locks and hinges, helping them open and close freely – but it acts as a de-icer, meaning you can spray it straight into frozen locks on especially cold mornings. Excellent.

Protect your rubber

Those rubber seals that run around your doors and windows aren't just there for decoration (although we're not sure what sort of household would enjoy them as decorations… best not go down that wormhole) – they help form a watertight seal. And as well as keeping water out of your car when you're on the move they also help keep heat in and wind noise out, so you want to look after them.

The problem is that they can start to stiffen up in cold weather and even tear – which can be expensive as well as annoying. Treat all your rubber seals with something like Liqui Moly's Rubber Care, and that way you'll have nice flexible seals that don't grip and stick to your window glass or car body when it gets seriously cold.

Don't scratch your windscreen to oblivion

We've all been there. It's early in the morning and you've got to get to an important appointment on time… but Jack Frost's done the nasty to your car overnight and now your windscreen and windows are coated in a thick layer of ice. But you don't have any de-icer in the car, so you hack away at the ice with an unwanted credit card. Two frozen hands later and you're on your way – but chances are your amateurish attempts at frost clearing have scratched your windscreen, leaving you with potentially dangerous visibility late at night.

The only real solution is to be prepared and have a proper quality de-icer in your car ready for just such an eventuality. Liqui Moly's own-brand de-icer not only smells of lemons, but it's scientifically formulated to gently but thoroughly get rid of frost while preventing immediate re-icing. If it's good enough for Germans, it's probably good enough for British winters!

What unusual winter car care routine do you have? Tell us in the comments!

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Comments (2)

  • I've used Gummi-pflege to refresh the seals on my 2013 GT86. If it looks like it's going to freeze overnight, I put the car cover on so I don't have to do any scraping. If I forget, my scraper has a rubber edge to avoid damaging the screen. If that won't get through it I break out the de-icer. But the biggest thing I did for winter driving was to put UHP summer tires on the car. It's counter-intuitive I know, but where I live it doesn't get particularly cold in winter, it just rains a lot more, and UHP tires are much better at water dispersal than winter tires.

      1 month ago
  • I must admit I’m not a scraper. I get in the car, start it up and wait for the ice to melt. If the journey is long enough to need to drive, then I can afford 5 mins to do this. Otherwise I’m just swapping a frozen windscreen for frozen fingers.

      1 month ago