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How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

As the snow falls and the temperature plummets, it’s important to prepare your vehicle for the coming winter months. Here are some things to check before winter hits.

On The Outside:
Windshield Wiper Blades – Consider replacing your windshield wiper blades if they are over a year old, or they cause streaks on the windshield. For the winter months, consider replacing them with heavy duty winter blades that will remove ice buildup.

Tires – Check your tires to make sure they are 1) properly aligned, 2) have the recommended tire pressure and 3)are not balding or excessively worn.

Lights – Make sure your lights are clean and working properly, so that even in bad weather other drivers will be able to see you clearly.

Brakes – Have your brakes professionally inspected and replace worn brake pads. You want to have confidence that you will be able to come to a full stop, even in icy conditions.

Under The Hood:
Fluids – Flush the cooling system once every two years. Usually you want to use a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water in your cooling system, but check your owner’s manual for specifications. Check other fluids like windshield washer, power steering, brake, radiator and battery fluids.

Gas – Keep your tank half full to reduce moisture problems.

Belts – Replace belts that are worn, cracked or fraying.

Oil – Make sure to change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, which ever comes first.

Spark Plugs – Check the wear and tear on your spark plugs and replace them if they are misfiring or worn.

Battery – Since cold temperatures put a heavy workload on batteries, they may need to be replaced more often. If your car cranks slowly when you start it, it should be checked. Replace your battery if it’s older than 3 years old.

 

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