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Is Your Car Ready for Winter – Rock Hill, SC

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17 October 2013 Bookmark and Share

Cooler weather is fast approaching. It is time to get your car ready for winter because no one likes to be stranded in the cold. Here are some tips to be sure that your car is ready for the cooler weather.

1. Oil change. A 30,000-mile check up is needed on your vehicle. This is a full-service check. This service should include an oil change, and the oil should have the right viscosity for your vehicle for this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated.

2. Windshield wipers. Replace your windshield wiper blades. Generally, they work effectively for one year. While you are at it, fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Have your heater and defroster checked to be sure they are working properly so your windshield will be clean and clear.

3. Car battery. This time of year make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free. If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge.

4. Examine your car's belts and hoses. During the full service on your vehicle, the mechanic should check the belts and hoses for wear and tear, even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses.

5. Tire pressure. Your tires have to be inflated properly for the best possible traction as you drive. Traction is jeopardized in wet or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires drop as the weather gets colder. You can lose 1 psi whenever the temperature drops by 10 degrees F.

6. Antifreeze mixture. You should have a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at very cold temperatures. If the mixture is off, your cooling system should be drained and refilled or flushed.

7. Keep the gas tank as full. Gas condenses, which inevitable causes water in your tank and lines. Keeping your tank full can prevent the gas lines from freezing, and your gas tank from rusting.

For complete auto service by certified mechanics, contact Reliable Transmission Service.

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