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Friday, October 26, 2018

Preparing Your Vehicle for Colder Weather

Winter months bring colder and wetter weather which presents challenges for you as wells as your vehicles. Many steps can be taken to assure you and your car or truck make it through the colder season safely.

Fluids:
  •  Coolant- It is especially important to have the correct antifreeze/water mixture to prevent fluid from freezing in your radiator. Consult your vehicle's owner's manual for information on this mixture.
  • Oil- In areas where freezing temps are common, it could be recommended to switch to a thinner viscosity oil
  •  Wiper Fluid- Often overlooked, you'll need freeze-resistant wiper fluid to keep your windshield clean and your vision clear.

Tires:

Low air pressure and worn tires are especially dangerous on wet or slick roads, as both can reduce traction. Check your owner's manual for the recommended PSI. If you've never checked tire pressure yourself, stop by an auto parts store and pick up a tire gauge. Our step-by-step guide to checking tire pressure can help you check pressure and properly inflate your tires. If you live in an area with a lot of snowfall, consider snow tires. It's a valuable investment that can increase your traction and improve your safety on the road.

Battery:

It isn't only your engine that doesn't like to start in the winter. Your battery capacity is reduced by the cold weather, too. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter.

Traveling in colder weather can require some planning too. Keeping a safety kit in your car all year is a good idea. Things like road flares, a jack, a lug wrench, and a first aid kit should be at hand no matter what. It's a good idea to update this kit with seasonal items that can keep you warm and prepared for Mother Nature's worst. Other items to consider are:
  •          Flashlight.
  •          Blanket, leather gloves, and hat.
  •          Bag of kitty litter or sand.
  •          This can help if your tires get stuck in the snow or slush.
  •         Ice scraper and brush.
  •          Small shovel.
  •          Safe and leak-proof container of coolant.
  •          Snacks.

Regular maintenance of your vehicle will help reduce the chance of a breakdown in winter. The Olympia Auto Mall is the perfect place to have your vehicle “winterized”. With 9 dealers to choose from, this is the place to come to get you and your car, truck, or RV ready for the cold. Contact our service centers today.


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