Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Weather

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http://www.desertsunmotors.com/ | Winter brings extreme weather that can permanently damage your vehicle. Follow these simple steps to prepare for the winter months. Winter preparedness can save the life of your car as well as save money on repair costs due to winter accidents.

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With winter weather approaching it’s important to take auto maintenance and safety checks into consideration to ensure the life of your vehicle. Before the weather gets too severe now is a good time to look under the hood and make certain everything is in order. While you’re at it make sure your regular maintenance log is up to date as the change in seasons is a great time to go through once-a-year or twice-a- year auto maintenance tasks.

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Cold weather puts stronger-than- usual demands on your vehicle’s charging system. • Check battery posts for corrosion or weather damage – nothing is more important than a perfect battery connection. • Check and possibly replace batteries 4 years and older to avoid getting stranded unexpectedly. • Consider a booster pack or jumper cables as part of your winter preparedness kit.

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Salt and slush wreak havoc on your windows reducing visibility. • No winter car kit is complete without an ice scraper and snow brush because you never know when a blizzard could hit. • Replace your wiper blades if they’re old and hardened or switch to winter wiper blades. • Consider cold weather windshield washer fluid which includes antifreeze.

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Coolant systems that freeze can lead to even worse problems like overheating. • Before the first freeze of the year have your car’s coolant system flushed and checked for leaks. • Cars contain a mix of 50 water and 50 antifreeze. Ensure the ratio stays close to 50/50 and the level is full. Many auto service stations and repair centers will check this mixture for free. You can also pick up a testing kit for about 5.

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The interior comfort of your car is as important as the engine’s inner workings • Ensure your heater and vents are working properly with no leaks. • Test the window defroster.

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Tires take a lot of wear in the winter months so for safety’s sake get them checked often. • Check tread depth. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board says you need at least 2/32" of depth to be safe. • When tires get cold they can release pressure so be sure to keep them inflated. • Check tire traction before driving on icy roads. • Consider snow tires for lengthy driving during cold winter months.

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Good brakes are crucial for any vehicle especially one that’s heading out on ice or snow-covered roads. • Ask your maintenance team for a complete check of the brake system from hydraulic fluid to brake pads. • Read up on winter driving tactics like what to do if your car hits a patch of black ice.

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Whether you’re leaving your car at home all winter in search of warmer climates or just storing the vehicle for a long weekend be sure your car has protection from the elements. • If you have a garage use it to protect your paint job guard against ice and prevent fluid freezing. • Invest in a car cover if you don’t have a garage. A car cover won’t do much to prevent fluids from freezing but it will keep snow and ice off the windshield and your paint and help protect your car from salts that might be used on the streets.

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