WINTERIZE YOUR CAR

Inspect your brakes: Brakes are not a good area to cut corners. Be sure your brakes have enough meat left on them to get you through the season. The brake lining and discs are not cracked, pitted, or grooved. Have you brakes, especially the calipers  checked to ensure even braking as brakes that pull to one side may cause you to skid. As well, if while braking you notice unusual squealing or grinding, or the brake pedal is stiff or tight when depressed, repair may be needed to ensure optimum brake performance. It is also a good idea to have the entire ABS system inspected to make sure it is working properly.

Inspect your tires: Winter is not the time to get cheap about your tires, so take the time to check the tread depth. The old penny test is as reliable as anything to find out whether your treads are ready for winter action. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure and check the tires to make sure they are not worn, bare or damaged. Remember, without proper maintenance, your tires could cause you to lose traction and control of your vehicle in the winter.

Inspect your battery: The cold weather can dramatically reduce a battery’s available starting power so have the vehicle’s starting and charging system tested. Be sure connections are clean and tight and there is no corrosion. Consider replacing batteries that are several years old.

Inspect your exhaust system: Check the muffler and tail pipe system for carbon monoxide leaks into your vehicle. Leaks into the vehicle should not happen regardless of season, however, it is particularly important in the winter when the windows of a car are usually closed.

Inspect your heating and cooling system: Use anti-freeze that is the right coolant for your car’s needs. For the winter conditions, it should be good to about -40″c. As well, make sure your radiator, belts and hoses don’t have cracks or leaks, and that the heater and defroster are working properly. While it may seem odd to worry about your cooling system in the cold weather, your car can easily overheat in the winter. Plus, your cooling system impacts your heating system, so if it breaks down you will have no heat inside the car!

Inspect your wipers: How many times have you experienced a windshield that is smeared with insects, bird drippings, road tar or other messy deposits? Removing them with worn wiper blades is nearly impossible. Usually, you wind up smearing the mess and obscuring your vision even more, If you change your blades regularly, you can avoid these problems and keep your eyes on the road.

Inspect your washer fluid: You’ll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield sparkly. Don’t fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won’t freeze!

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