Winter is near and that means you need to winterize your car. If you don't winterize your car, you are risking something horrible going wrong. If something goes wrong while you're on the road, then you may find yourself in quite the pickle that may be difficult to get out of. So it is a lot easier to take preventative measures than to have to get yourself out of a preventable bind.
Here are some things that you want to do to winterize your car:
- Make sure your tires are in good condition. If you're not sure how to take a look at them, make sure you have an accountant do it for you. You want to make sure there is no uneven wearing, no cuts or punctures, and ensure that the remaining tread is deep enough. Take a look at your car's manual so that you know when your tires need rotated.
- Stay up on your oil changes and make sure that you check the oil often to ensure that there are no leaks. If you drive in the city, it is a good idea to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Also, try to check your oil level every time you fill up your gas tank.
- Make sure there is no fraying and cracking when it comes to your belts and hoses. Make sure there are no fluids leaking
- Make sure you change your windshield wipers before the first snowfall. Also, make sure your wiper fluid reservoir is full.
- Have a tune-up before winter. Most of all, have your ignition system checked because the cold weather can be rough on the ignition system.
- Check your antifreeze level when you fill up your gas tank. Since you're going to be checking your oil, it is good to do that while you're at it. If you have a professional change your oil, you may find that they will top of your antifreeze also.
- Keep your gas tank full during cold weather to ensure your fuel line doesn't freeze.
- During the winter months, your battery needs a certain amount of cold cranking amps. If your battery is more than three years old, it is a good idea to go ahead and have it replaced.
- Make sure you have a first aid kit and an emergency kit in the vehicle. You can take preventative measures and still find yourself stuck somewhere in the cold weather. You want to make sure you have blankets, flares, water, flashlights with good batteries, and anything you may need to survive.
- Make sure there is no dirt and grime covering your headlights. If there is, then you need to clean it off so you can see.
Make sure that you take all of these steps and any other steps that are necessary for your car. There are some cars with extra components that require special attention to ensure everything works properly. Cold weather can be harsh. The colder, the harder it is on your car. If you just let your car go without giving it any special treatment, it is hard to tell what sort of situation you will find yourself in.
If you find that you are unable to winterize your car on your own, make sure you have a mechanic do it for you. When a mechanic does it for you, you know that your car is being winterized the way it needs to be. You just never know what you may overlook, especially if you're not one who is very experienced with cars. Some individuals are fine just doing it themselves.
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