It's Autumn, Start Prepping your Car for Cold Weather
With the start of leaves turning colors, we're going to begin to experience cooler nights and days with lower temperatures
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Wax your car.
Before the snow ever comes and the roads need to be treated with salt or sand, it's a good idea to wax your car to protect the paint from all the elements it could encounter this fall or winter.
Check your windshield wipers and replace them if necessary.
Your wipers should be replaced every 6 months to a year. Older wipers will tend to make less contact with your window and may squeak as they're going and only end up smearing your window. In that case, you're actually decreasing visibility instead of improving it.
Make sure you test your heater before the cooler temperatures arrive!
If you find that your heater is not working properly, you'll want to make sure you have your mechanic address those issues before you have to deal with cold and freezing temperatures. Also be sure to make sure your defroster is working correctly.
Overall Maintenance Check Done.
Be proactive! Schedule a trip now in the Fall to your mechanic for a full check of brakes, hoses, and belts to replace any that are worn or torn. During your visit, it's also a good time to have your oil changed and replenish any washer fluid and antifreeze to keep your vehicle running smoother in the winter months, avoiding breakdowns in cold snowy weather.
Check the condition of your battery.
Make sure it's posts and connections are free of corrosion. You can have it tested to see how much charge it can hold, especially if it's more than a few years old. You do not want to end up stranded in the cold with a dead battery if you can help it.
Make sure your headlights and brake lights are in good working order.
On especially heavy foggy nights or during snow storms, you'll need all the light you can get. If the plastic on your headlights has become hazy, it's a good idea to have them buffed and polished to ensure that they'll be shining as bright as possible.
Make sure your car is equipped with the proper emergency materials.
Here are some of the key items you should consider including in your car:
*First aid kit
*Windshield (https://autoglassnj.com) Washer Fluid
*Basic tool kit
*Spare tire and tire changing equipment
*Flashlight and extra batteries
*Gloves, extra boots, warm clothes, blanket
*Rubber floor mats can protect carpet
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