Epiphany frosts are already very close. And some car owners have only now begun to think about how to protect their vehicles from the negative effects of winter conditions. One of the effective ways to protect your car from frost and increase its service life is to use a blanket or thermal insulation cover.
About how it works and what is its correct operation, in a conversation with correspondent for the Public News Service told auto expert Vladimir Sazhin.
What are car blankets for?
“You can even wrap the entire car in a blanket, like a loved one, and carefully leave it outside in the cold. This won’t help”blockquote
“All modern vehicles have their own insulating, sound-proofing layers, which are installed on the inside of the hood. Forget about keeping your car from freezing by placing a thermal blanket under the hood. You can even wrap the entire car in a blanket, like a loved one, and carefully leave it outside in the cold. It won’t help. A thermal blanket is not a warm parking lot,” the specialist explained.
According to him, the car will completely cool down in three hours, and the blanket is needed primarily to maintain engine heat.
“This is suitable for those who use a car as a courier or transport passengers in a minibus. That is, his car is in constant motion, and when stopping for short periods of time, the blanket will make it easier to start the engine and maintain a “plus” temperature in the vehicle’s interior,” Sazhin explained.
The specialist also reminded that although manufacturers of car blankets promise us mountains of gold, the result will not always be as expected.
“The benefits of a car blanket are that you have fewer cold starts, which means less wear on the engine and lower fuel consumption,” he explained.
Car blankets also have disadvantages. Vladimir Sazhin gave an example where a car blanket can lead to a fire by absorbing all the oils that are under the hood.
“There is a chance that the car blanket will wrap around the drive belts or fan if there are no protective covers over them. This will lead to expensive repairs.
In this regard, the expert named alternatives for car blankets.
We are talking about the so-called engine preheating.
“You need to look at the condition of your vehicle so that it does not lead to a fire. If you have a manual transmission, then autostart only works if the car is on the parking brake, or “handbrake” in common parlance. In this case, the brake pads may freeze and the car will not move,” the specialist concluded.
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