4 Winter Auto Care Tips

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Winter is here for another two months, so you’ll need to make sure your vehicle is good to go until then. Luckily, there are a number of easy ways to make sure your car or truck makes it through the snow and sleet. Here are four quick auto care tips:

Have your tires looked at

Take the time to have your tires’ tread depth checked out. Experts recommend at least 3/32” to be safe, so if your tires are at less than that, it’s time to have them replaced to make sure you’re OK for winter. However, the more tread you have, the more traction and safety you’ll receive.

Replace your windshield wipers

Where there is snowfall, there is sure to be road salt, which will end up on your windshield as you’re driving. Your windshield wipers will need to be in optimum condition to wipe away these messes, so if they’re starting to wear out, take the time to replace them.

Along with this, you’ll want to check your windshield washer fluid level. You’ll need this to help remove the muck from your windshield.

Check antifreeze levels

Antifreeze is an integral part of protecting your car from winter’s worst. Make sure your antifreeze levels are full, and have a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. If you’re unsure how to check this, then go to your local auto service center, as they may perform the check for free. You can also purchase a tester.

Other items to check

  • Spark plug wires: Cracked up ones affect performance, gas mileage and reliability, so take the time to ensure yours are in tip-top shape
  • Brakes: If you notice your brakes aren’t working like they once did, then have them repaired ASAP, as winter isn’t the time to hold off on this repair
  • Oil: You should have your engine oil changed every 3,000 miles (some have it done monthly), so if it’s been a while, change your oil.

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