How do I get my car ready for winter?

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Winter time is here!  If you haven’t already you should have had your car checked out for winter.  I field a lot of phone calls from my customers asking about what they need to do to get their car ready for the winter season or if there is an actual winterizing procedure.  In this post I’ll talk about the key things you need to make sure you have done to ensure your car or truck will be good to go this winter.
  1. Check your engine coolant level and freeze point.  This is perhaps one of the most costly yet easiest to detect issues you could encounter if this is a problem.  The coolant in your engine is a liquid, it’s purpose to keep your engine cool when its running by transferring the heat away from the engine to the radiator where the heat is then given off to the air.  If the coolant does not have the proper mix of antifreeze and water, the temperature at which the coolant could freeze can be much higher.  Typically, your coolant should test at a -35°F or less (as in -40 or -50) for proper freeze up protection.  If the coolant freezes, it will try to expand in the engine breaking the engine and causing catastrophic damage that usually ends up in replacing the entire engine.  Of course we have the knowledge and tools needed to check your coolant and help you avoid very costly repairs down the road.

  2. Check your tires.  Ice and snow demand tires that have good tread to minimize slippage and maximize grip.  We have been luck the last few years with minimal snow fall, but it will come.  It’s just a matter of time and bald tires are not going to be a good thing when it does.

  3. Check your vehicle’s heater.  Nothing is worse than the heater not working on a cold morning.  Lots of things can cause the heater to blow cold air or no air at all and we are experts at finding those types of problems.

  4. Have an emergency kit in your car.  Things like extra water, flashlights, blankets, a first aid kit among other things.  Make sure you know how to put on your spare tire should the need arise.

There really isn’t any specific winterizing procedure for your car and this is a short lost of the items that should be checked.  As long as all systems are functioning properly, you should be good to go.  It’s very important to make sure that all those systems are in fact functioning properly because if they aren’t the winter cold will surely let you know!  Contact us or schedule your check up appointment today and weather the winter season with peace of mind!.

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