Getting Your Car Ready For Winter

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Although all us don't live in Alaska where some folks have to hook up their cars to an engine warmer every night, we all still need to think about getting your car ready for winter. If you live in a region where the temperatures dip below freezing only a couple of nights during the winter months, you will need to make sure your car's engine is winterized. You don't want to wake up one frosty morning to find that the block is cracked in your car from freezing temperatures!

One of the first things you'll want to do to get your car ready for the cold is to change the viscosity of your oil. Don't be alarmed! This only means how thick or thin the oil is! The oil gets thick when it gets cold. The thing to is to change the oil and add a thinner oil during the winter months. Check your owner's manual for oil what weight of oil they recommend for the winter. Getting the oil ready is an important step in getting your car ready for winter.

Having antifreeze present in the radiator keeps the water inside it from freezing. Here is where the cracked block will come into play. If the antifreeze isn't in the water, the water will freeze and expand and crack the block. Making sure your car has the correct amount of antifreeze in it will save you a lot! If you put the antifreeze in yourself, make sure to safely dispose of the container because it is poisonous upon ingestion.

The cold is brutal to a car. Check hoses and belts to make sure they are in good shape. The cold will cause them to deteriorate at a faster rate. Those that are in bad shape to start with will be the ones to go in the winter. Also inspect your windshield wipers and wiper fluid. If your wind shield wipers have been on for more than a year, it's time to get new ones for the coming winter. Make sure you keep the wiper fluid reservoir full also. You don't want to get caught in the snow without any wipers!

If you live where the snow is imminent in winter, check into getting a set of snow tires for your car. If you drive a 4-wheel
drive, ensure that the 4-wheel drive system is in good working order. The gears should engage and disengage smoothly and there shouldn't be any noises coming from the drive train. Getting your car ready for winter will be worth it when you are able to still make it to the store!

Another tip for getting your car ready for winter is to make an emergency kit of assorted tools and the sort to keep in the car. For winter, you'll want to add a blanket and a portable heater that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter. A flashlight,
food, a snow scraper and a shovel are other winter items to add to this kit.

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