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How to Winterize Your Car

How to Winterize Your Car

Winter provides fierce conditions that are a hazard for all kinds of vehicles. To make sure your vehicle is ready for the chilly season, winterizing is critical. It is both important to be prepared for driving on terrible, slippery roads as it is to have your vehicle in peak condition. To help, we have put together a list of to-do’s that will get your car ready for winter. Let’s have a look. 1. Check the tires Make sure there is enough tread and that the tire pressure is correct. If the tires are worn, get yourself a new set. Some states will require tire chains, but in most places, a set of all-weather tires will be perfect. Areas that are prone to ice, sleet, and snow can be dangerous, though; so get yourself some winter tires, which have a much better grip on pavement. 2. Check the antifreeze and cooling system Did you know that the radiator should be refilled with new coolant (antifreeze) at least once a year? Before winter is the best time to do it, too. Use the ... read more

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What Is The Right Coolant For My Vehicle?

Coolant/Antifreeze is a Vital Element in Your Engine's Operation What Coolant Do I Need? When it comes to the coolant you must make sure that you're using the right one. If you use the wrong coolant then over time you'll begin to notice a drop in your car's performance, and can find a significant amount of damage. The most common method to find out is to simply check the coolant and find out what color it is when the vehicle is cold. Most coolant brands will keep their coolants the same color to prevent any confusion. If you're still not sure, check the owners/service manual for coolant specifications. Can I use tap water as coolant? If you choose to use only tap water in your cooling system, this can cause radiator, head gasket and thermostat corrosion damage over time. But before that, you will find that water boils at 100c and freezes at 0c. This works outside the optimal range for engine requirements as some engines will heat up over 100c especially on hot days. When water starts ... read more

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