submitted by Jann’s Auto Service
Getting your car ready for winter now can save you a lot of headaches and money later.
Here are some suggestions:
Check the Battery and Lights
Your battery can lose 35% of its power at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Your battery should be checked for clean, tight connections.
Change Your Wiper Blades
It is recommended that wipers be changed at least once a year and going into winter is a good time.
Check Your Tires
Tire care and maintenance is especially important in the winter months. A tire that has enough tread to be driven in dry weather may be insufficient for inclement weather. Tires can lose a pound of air for every 10-degree drop in temperature.
Have your brakes inspected by a certified technician to insure all components are in good working order.
Check the coolant level when the engine is cold. If the coolant level is low add a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
Check and Top Off Fluids
Be sure to keep plenty of windshield washer fluid on hand and check other vital fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering and brake fluids as well.
Emergency Supply Kit
In case of an emergency your kit should contain a first aid kit, battery jumper cables, flashlight with extra battery, a shovel, windshield scraper, a bag of sand or kitty litter for traction, a blanket and some extra warm clothing, drinking water, some snacks and a cell phone.
If you are trapped in the middle of a severe storm, stay inside the vehicle. Crack the window for ventilation and periodically run the engine to stay warm.
If you follow these simple steps in preparation for winter and maintain your car on a regular basis it will help to keep you and your car safe in any season.