Exxon Mobil Corporation (ticker: XOM, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
It Pays to Be Nice to Your Car When the Weather Gets Nasty
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 2004--Nasty weather,
fluctuating temperatures and winter storms aren't nice to cars and can
make winter driving dangerous.
"Cars function differently in cold weather," says Tom Olszewski,
automotive technical advisor, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties. "In
the winter months, all sorts of vehicle ailments crop up. It is
important to keep your car properly tuned and change your engine oil
and fluids regularly, and checking your tire pressure will help you to
avoid costly repairs and vehicle breakdowns in the cold of winter."
Vehicle maintenance is extremely important during the winter
months. In addition to performing routine maintenance, using quality
products and making precautionary efforts will help drivers through
even the nastiest of conditions.
-- Vehicle warm-up - To ensure proper engine oil flow and
lubrication, allow your engine to idle for a few seconds
before driving in cold weather, and drive slowly for the first
few miles until the oil is fully warmed up. This reduces
emissions and saves fuel.
-- Tune-ups - Get a full engine tune-up according to your owner's
-- Check the battery - If a battery is older than four years, it
may only work well in warm weather.
-- Check filters, coolants and hoses - Make sure all filters -
oil, gas and air - are in good condition. Check the coolant
and thermostat to ensure proper engine warm-up, as well as the
heater and defroster operation. Coolant should be changed
every two years; however, extended-life coolants used in many
newer vehicles last about five years. Check for leaking or
soft hoses and replace.
-- Switch to synthetic oil - To ease engine start-up during cold
weather, switching to a multi-viscosity oil such as Mobil 1
10W-30 or Mobil 1 5W-30 will help your car operate more
efficiently, making it easier for your car to start in
extremely cold temperatures.
-- Fix the brakes - Don't postpone needed brake work during
winter months. Avoiding brake repair can be extremely
dangerous, and it will cost more to overhaul the entire brake
-- Tire pressure - Check tires for excessive wear and proper
inflation. Do not under inflate or over inflate tires. Low
pressure increases wear and fuel consumption while too much
pressure can reduce traction, especially in icy conditions. As
the weather gets cooler, your air pressure decreases. Check
tires and inflate to the proper pressure.
-- Icy windows and locks - Make sure to have window ice scrapers
and de-icers available. Also make sure your windshield wipers
and front and rear defrosters are working properly. A de-icer
for door locks is also useful, but a heated key can help when
locks are frozen.
-- Personal protection - Don't forget personal protection such as
a warm coat, hat and gloves, blanket and cell phone in case
you are stuck in a storm.
-- Slow down - Do not exceed speed limits and keep safe driving
distances. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can
decrease fuel economy by up to two miles per gallon. Avoid
gas-wasting jackrabbit starts and pace your driving to help
avoid the need for sudden stops, which is especially critical
during wet and icy road conditions.
"Your car will be a more dependable means of transportation
throughout the winter if properly cared for," says Olszewski. "If you
take care of it, it will more likely take care of you. And it will do
it for a lot less money."
For more information on vehicle maintenance, visit www.mobil1.com.
CONTACT: Weber Shandwick
Raymee Holshouser, 314-552-6721
Media Line, 703-846-4467
SOURCE: Exxon Mobil Corporation