Make sure your car is ready for winter
Sure, you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but regular oil changes aren’t enough to handle the elements when the weather turns cold. So when the first bout of freezing temperatures hits this winter season, will your car be ready to perform?
Here are tips from Angie’s List on what to have inspected before the winter season:
- Battery tested
- Radiator and all belts and hoses inspected
- Tire pressure and tread depth checked. If you have to replace your tires, replace all four.
- Coolant and freezing point tested
- All fluid levels filled (power steering, transmission, wiper and brake fluid)
- All lights tested
- Brakes inspected
- Heating and ventilation system tested
- Replace oil filter and wiper blades
- Lubricate all locks, door hinges and latches, weather strips and window channels
One of the common mistakes car owners make, mechanics say, is not planning for the cold weather.
If you do experience problems in cold weather and are stranded, be prepared. Keep your vehicle supplied with an emergency kit, which should include a cell phone and charger, ice scraper, blankets, flares, a flashlight, a shovel, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter, tire repair tools, gloves, boots and a knit hat. Also, keep a couple bottles of water, some high-energy snacks and a first-aid kit handy.