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Sun, Nov 1, 2015 – by Jennifer Frye

7 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter will be here soon, take the time to prepare your vehicle for the cold temperatures and icy roads. Here are several steps to help you winterize your car.

1. Keep a full tank.

Always keep your tank above half full during the winter. Moisture can build up in the gas tank that can freeze, causing severe damage.

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2. Check the tires.

Remember to verify the pressure of the tires before driving. Consider snow tires that are cold-resistant rubber that helps to prevent sliding on the roads if you live in an area that gets a high amount of snowfall.

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3. Use Antifreeze.

Avoid the coolant from freezing by replacing it with one that is a mix of antifreeze and water.

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4. Change the oil.

Check your owner’s manual for the correct type of oil to use. Specifically, an oil of lower viscosity.

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5. Switch to winter wiper blades.

Don’t forget to change to winter wiper fluid to have the best visibility on the road.

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6. Tune-up.

Make sure to check the engine’s belts and hoses to confirm that they are in good condition.

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7. Keep tools in your car.

You never know what may happen while driving; always keep jumper cables, inflated spare tire, shovel, a bag of salt or kitty litter, tool kit, and heavy-duty gloves.

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