The end of summer is a perfect time to prepare your car for the cold weather ahead.
This has been a record-breaking week when it comes to weather across the midwestern portion of the nation. An “unprecedented cold front” pushed winter weather into the area, resulting in low temperatures and a bit of snow.
Although Millsboro has been spared the brunt of that cold front, the temperatures here have been noticeably lower, a warning that summer is over and winter is on its way.
The change in seasons gives people a chance to prepare for the upcoming cold weather, especially where their cars are concerned.
“The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun,” the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence advises. “Take advantage of the lull to prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead, advise the pros and the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Breakdowns, never convenient, can be dangerous in cold weather period.”
The ASE offers this list of items that a wise car owner should have checked out before winter really sets in:
- Follow your car manual’s advice on regular checkups and auto care. If you’re behind on oil changes or other routine maintenance, do it now.
- Have engine and other driveability problems fixed.
- “The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)”
- “The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Replace old windshield wiper blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent you’ll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.”
- “The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly.”
- “Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses with a moistened cloth or towel.”
- “Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.”
- “Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires ‘cool down’ before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget your spare and be sure the jack is in good condition.”
Drivers can check some of these items themselves. Others require the hand and eye of a professional auto care expert like the trusted auto care technicians at In and Out Tires.
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