Six Car Safety Sensors You Should Always Keep Clean During Winter

You want your car to be in perfect condition year after year; however, like any other vehicle or device, a car also needs regular servicing to keep working smoothly. A car’s safety sensors are like your heart – they are an indicator of things going wrong within the car, and smart drivers want to know the safety features a car has to offer. Car safety seniors warn you of hazards and then activate accident avoidance processes such as air bags. And what about sensors and the use of radar? Nowadays with cruise control you can adjust the throttle and brakes so that you always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.

Car safety sensors such as the cruise control, when not working, can’t contain a constant speed? Dust, snow, water – these are common problems that can prevent your cruise control system from functioning properly. Designed to make highway driving less tiring, it is important that this car safety sensor is working properly as it allows you to choose a speed and then remove your foot off the accelerator pedal.


A car has many sensors, and there is plenty of information on the role of the sensors and how they work and what ranges they operate in and most importantly where to find them when you want to clean them. Left to their own devices year after year, and particularly in winter with all that sludge, without maintenance, you render these important safety sensors useless. We take a look at another 6 safety sensors you should at least be keeping clean by using safe cleaning fluids during winter and summer.

Blame Dirt for Many Malfunctioning Car Parts

The Oxygen- or O2 sensor is a component of your car, and part of the emissions control system. It helps to reduce the emissions your car is giving off. Oil and coolant can build up and cause the sensor to malfunction. When it is dirty, it can also reduce fuel efficiency. You also get the wheel speed sensor, and a dirty ABS wheel sensor can result in the system triggering the ABS light with the ABS computer’s self evaluation cycle.

The Coolant sensor is found on the cylinder head and if it is using more gasoline than usual or you’ve got a smoking exhaust, these are indicators of a defective coolant sensor. The Mass airflow sensor can also have dust and contaminants coming into contact with the heating element and preventing it from working. Lastly, the Throttle position sensor transmits information about the position of your throttle to the electronic control module. Dirty and malfunctioning, it will relay bad data to your car’s computer and result in poor fuel economy.

New Season – New Beginnings

Remember, that when you’ve been driving on slushy roads, your car needs to be cleaned and it is recommend you take it to a professional mechanic and really have it cleaned – for safety’s sake.


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