Owning a vehicle in the Midwest means you should prepare it for winter weather conditions like snow, sleet and sub-zero temperatures. Here are some simple tips for winterizing your car this season:
1. Check your battery. Even if yours is relatively new — less than three years old — make sure to check its cables and clamps for corrosion. It can be cleaned with baking soda, water and a toothbrush. Always fill your battery with fluid. If low, fill the holes with distilled water.
2. Check your oil. Cold weather can cause oil to thicken, so use oil with lower viscosity. See your owner’s manual for information about which oil is best for your vehicle. Make sure to change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months.
3. Check your antifreeze. This protects your engine from the cold. Keep equal amounts of water and antifreeze in the radiator. Pre-mixed bottles are available at some gas stations.
4. Check your windshield wipers and fluid. Ice, salt, dirt and snow can build up on your windshield, which wreaks havoc on your wiper blades. Most professionals recommend you replace your wipers every six to 12 months. Check to see if your wiper fluid is filled because it can help break up snow and ice on the windshield.
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The hoses and belts in your car pump vital fluids and move critical parts that keep your car running and you comfortable throughout your drive. The coolant hose, for example, cycles coolant fluid from the radiator to the hottest part of the engine and returns overheated fluids back to the radiator to restart the process. Meanwhile, you car’s serpentine belt runs the necessary pulleys for proper steering pump, water pump, alternator and air pump operation – all vital to your car’s performance on the road and your comfort inside. Continue reading
Everyone wants to be sure that their brakes are working properly. After all, effective brakes are very important to one’s safety. So when drivers’ brakes start squeaking, it instantly makes them panic, scared that their brakes might go out at any moment.
Squeaky brakes don’t necessarily mean that they need to be replaced. The squealing noise is always a sign that the brake pads are wearing. It is actually caused from the brake pads squeezing the metal rotor, which causes it to vibrate. Continue reading
You don’t have to wait until your car stops working properly before you replace its belts and hoses. With a simple routine inspection every other oil change, you can stay one step ahead and replace the belt or hoses as soon as you spot damage. Here’s what to do.
Drive belts: To inspect your drive belt, lift the hood of your car and locate the rubber belt. You will want to look for signs of wear such as large cracks, missing pieces or fraying. Continue reading