Sources: Edmunds.com, DIY.com
Winter weather can be very unfriendly to a vehicle. Cold temperatures make
it harder for an engine to work properly. Snow and ice limit traction. Potholes
damage wheels and tires. Salt causes rust and can damage your vehicle’s paint.
But there are things you can do to help your vehicle in this cold season. Below
are some simple steps to “winterize” your car. Remember, an ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure.
1. Consider using snow/ice tires.
2. Check the tire pressure.
3. Make sure your vehicle’s four-wheel drive system is working properly.
4. Change the engine oil and adjust the viscosity grade.
5. Inspect the belts and hoses.
6. Inspect the wipers and wiper fluid.
7. Check the battery.
8. Check antifreeze mixture.
9. Carry an emergency kit inside the car. (*)
* Things you might want to consider carrying:
a. A flashlight, flares and a first-aid kit.
b. Jumper cables, a tool kit and tire chains.
c. A blanket, warm clothes and gloves.
d. Paper towels.
e. A bag of abrasive material, such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter.
Use this for added traction when a tire is stuck.
f. A snow brush, ice scraper and snow shovel.
g. Extra washer fluid.
h. Extra food and water.
i. Lock de-icer
j. Insulated boots
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