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Winter Car Maintenance

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Don’t get left out in the cold! Here are some helpful winter car care tips…

A dead battery in the dead of winter can be an extremely unpleasant experience. Therefore, make sure your battery still holds a good charge. A local car parts vendor will usually check for free. If the connections on your battery are begrimed, mix up a solution of water and vinegar and, using a plastic brush, scrub them clean.
To prepare for winter, give your tires a solid inspection. If you have summer tires, you should replace them with a set of winter tires. Summer tires will become hard in cold temperatures and produce little grip.
Check your tires for nails, dangerous bulges in the sidewall and other damage. Then determine whether you have sufficient tread. Measuring the tread, anything less than 1/16 of an inch means you need to replace your tires.
Visibility is normally something we don’t value until we don’t have it. If you need new wipers, replace them. They can be tricky to install, so don’t be afraid to ask an employee at the car parts store where you bought the wipers to help you install. Buy a couple gallons of quality windshield wiper fluid and top off your reservoir often. Make sure you have a good ice scraper and keep it in your car at all times.
Winter car care also means being prepared in the event of an emergency. The best way to do that is to put together a winter roadside emergency kit. At the very least, you should include extra winter apparel, a blanket, flares, food, flashlight and extra batteries, small shovel and a bag of sand for traction should you get stuck on the ice.

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