Addressing Auto Problems: A Simple and Low-Tech Heating Solution for your Cabin

Winter is the time when you need your auto’s heating system the most. Even if it’s still summer, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tricks up your sleeve even before the coldest season settles in. If you live in the colder regions where it feels like winter all year long, then you might need your heater to work overtime. While traveling, you don’t really have the time or the luxury of thawing numbed fingers from the intense cold seeping in through your heating system or through the small cracks and crevices on your window and door’s weatherstripping.

If your current heater is bringing more cold than heat, or if it’s no longer warming up your auto’s passenger cabin the way it used to, then you need to inspect some auto components that could be damaged or are in need of replacing. Check for leaking or defective hoses and a dirty or damaged thermostat to see if you need to replace any of these auto units.

Once you’re done checking these components, try this simple trick to retain more heat in your vehicle’s cabin. This is a trick I learned from one of my car maintenance books. I’ve tried doing this to my sister’s old Chevy, and it’s been pretty effective.

Step #1: Take a piece of thick cardboard and cut it down roughly the size of your front grille.

Step #2: Insert the cardboard into your auto’s grille. While you don’t need to cover your auto’s entire grille, it could reduce the amount of frigid air that seeps into your auto while at the same time lessening the amount of heat that escapes your passenger compartment.

And there you have it: a simple and quick solution to your auto heating problems.


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