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December 6, 2013

Winterizing Your Car

Defending your car from damage caused by winter roads is simple, but the results of not performing basic maintenance can be catastrophic for your car. It is vital that you take your automobile to your mechanic by the late fall to perform this important care. Winter weather can be brutal on your car, forcing it to endure freezing rain, snow, sleet, and acute changes in temperature, in addition to the sand, salt, or other chemicals used on roads.

In parts of the country that don’t have mild weather in wintertime, your car can’t function properly through the season if it isn’t prepared for the weather. These are some important tasks that should be undertaken to prepare your car for the harsh conditions of winter.

1. Have your antifreeze checked or changed — This protects your engine to over 30 degrees below zero, keeping moving parts from freezing. Ask your service rep to recommend the best product for your model car.

2. Get new wiper blades — Many companies manufacture special blades to deal with the unique weather found in winter. If you are driving in an ice storm, you don’t want your wiper blades to tear off.

3. Have your battery checked — Ask your mechanic to check your connections and fluid levels. If your battery is more than 5 years old, you may want to have them change it entirely, saving you the trouble of having to jump your car on a cold morning.

4. Have your breaks examined — There is nothing more dangerous during unpredictable winter driving than worn break lines and pads. Have your mechanic check them thoroughly and change parts as necessary.

5. Check or change your tires — Depending on the weather in winter where you live, you may need special tires, or you may be set with your all-weathers.

6. Check and possibly change your oil — Oil is one of the basics of engine functioning, and as a liquid, it changes viscosity depending on the temperature. The kind of weather in your region determines the correct kind of oil. Your mechanic will know the best type for your area and car.

7. Defreeze your locks — Your mechanic can provide you with materials that will help prevent or reverse door locks frozen by temperature.

8. Use a Special Coating on Your Windshield — This kind of coating can help water and slush bead up faster to be wiped away and clear your field of vision.

Many people neglect the outside of their car when preparing for winter. This can be another serious mistake, leading to damage that may eventually destroy the shell and undercarriage. You should wash and wax your car, then have your mechanic apply paint sealant. This will form a layer between the harsh weather and the surface of your car, preventing scratches and rust. The experienced professionals at Paaco can assist with more than helping you find the perfect car at an affordable price, but assist in service as well.

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