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Preparing for Winter

www.ready.gov suggests that everyone take a minute to prepare for winter. Part of the preparation includes winterizing your vehicle. The site reminds us to have a mechanic check the following or to check them ourselves before winter begins.

  • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

  • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.

  • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.

  • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.

  • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.

  • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.

  • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.

  • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.

  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

  • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

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