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10 simple car care tips in winter

Here are 10 simple tips that you can take care while going outside in winters by your car.

1. Get the right kind of oil change: The oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at 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. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Also check to see that your heater is working properly so you can keep the windshield nice and clear.


3. Check your car battery. This is an ideal time of year to make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and that your battery has all the water it needs. If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge.


4. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention.


5. Check your tire pressure. Check the tyre pressure as the air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now.


6. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures.


7. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter months, especially if a road trip is in your future: • windshield washer fluid • windshield wipers • a tool kit • tire chains • a tire gauge • a spare tire with air in it • tire-changing equipment • a first-aid kit.

 

Source: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/15940164

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Today's car repair blog: nzymkl - 2018-01-20 21:32:54