6 Car Tips To Prep For Winter

By All Auto Staff - October 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized

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6 Car Tips To Prep For Winter

Winter Is Coming

Even though California winters are mild by comparison, there are still lots of things to be done getting your car ready for cooler temperatures and wet roads. If you haven’t already, check these parts of your car before it gets cold outside:

Check Tire Pressure

As outside temperatures decrease, the air in your tires becomes denser, contracting in volume. The overall effect is decreased the air pressure in your tires, leading to decreased traction, fuel economy, and uneven tire wear. If you’re unsure your car’s suggested tire pressure, check your owner’s manual or inside door jam.

Swap Out Summer Rubber for All-Season

If you’re driving something fun and sporty, chances are you have summer tires installed which aren’t ideal for wet conditions. This is especially true for track or race compound tires, which have virtually no traction with even the slightest amount of water present. Instead, opt for an all-season tire, which can better handle the wet.

Change Wiper Blades

Inspect the rubber on your wiper blades. If they’re cracked or stiff, replace them. You’ll appreciate the clarity while driving in the rain. As a bonus, add a windshield rain repellent coating to bead water off your glass easier.

Check Your Battery

Colder temps mean your battery has to work harder to start your car, especially in the morning. Consider replacing your battery every few years, and if it’s an open cell battery, add distilled water if the cells are low.  

Take A Look At Your Heater Core and Coolant Level

Your car’s coolant system is also responsible for operating your heater. Old coolant takes longer to warm up, and can sometimes even clog heater cores entirely. (no surprise, these are costly to replace too)

Check Your Transmission Fluid

Last but certainly not least, check your transmission fluid level and change it if it’s discolored. Not sure what’s wrong with your car? Give us a call today and we’ll help you figure it out!

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