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Prepare your car for winter driving

Having moved from a single season state, to a full four-season state, keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the winter months was a learning experience. Like many of today’s society I looked to the Internet for answers to my many questions about tire pressure, battery life, oil weight and so forth.

Here are some of the things I learned about keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the colder months.

  1. Change the Oil. Your engine relies on oil to run smoothly. When the weather gets cold, oil can thicken and cause your vehicle to run rough or stop running all together.
  1. Check the Tire Pressure. When the weather gets cold, the pressure in your tires can drop, reducing your traction on slick roads. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure to ensure safe driving and precise handling.
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Everyone loves driving off in their new car for the first time. Getting to hear the engine roar for the first time, the new smell, and all the shiny new buttons and gadgets, there’s really nothing quite like it. After a few road trips or months of the mundane daily commute, the luster starts to wear and the truth sets in, you have another vehicle to maintain. Door dings from less than courteous drivers, bugs that love to call your bumper home, and rocks that mistook themselves for hail.  Don’t fall into the old tourist trap, “It’s just the normal wear and tear, there’s nothing I can do about it.” Well you can.

There are several different products that can keep your car looking new. One of the best available is the 3M [...]

Tires are one of the most technologically sophisticated systems on any automobile. They are a primary factor in the overall comfort and performance of your vehicle. While they don’t exactly come in all shapes, tires certainly come in all sizes and have unique identifying information embedded on their walls. The following rundown, supplied by Firestone, should help crack the code on figuring out what all those numbers mean. For example, if your tire’s size designation reads P185/70R14 87S:

  • “P” stands for P-Metric. This is one of the two most commonly used systems to identify passenger tire sizes. The other is European-Metric, commonly called Euro-Metric.
  • “185” is the tire’s section width in millimeters. This is the distance from the edge of the sidewall to the edge of the opposite sidewall when the tire is mounted and properly inflated.
  • “70” designates aspect ratio. Also called the profile or series, [...]

With today’s cars being so reliable we tend to forget that they may break down or have a problem.  Vehicles are loaded with parts that are designed to fail with mileage and age.  To avoid being a victim of a possible failure while on the road, have your vehicle inspected by an A.S.E. certified mechanic before your trip.  A mechanic has a trained eye to notice potential problems and will let you know if issues need to be addressed.  Don’t be afraid to ask a million questions, it is your car.  Much like how you would ask the doctor about your child’s conditions or a Veterinarian about your pet, do the same for your vehicle.  A mechanic is a doctor for your vehicle.  To help avoid any potential problems on the road, have a mechanic do the following.

Change the oil.  Most of us travel during [...]

More automobile batteries fail in the heat than in the extreme cold, and hot-weather conditions can cause more stress on a battery than frigid temperatures. Battery temperatures under the hood of an automobile can reach 175 to 200 degrees in extreme conditions, affecting the corrosion factor within the battery. The extreme heat can make the acid and the fluid inside the battery expand, which can cause it to start leaking, and that leads to battery failure in the long run.

Here are some helpful guidelines to care for your battery:

1)      Wear protective eye wear, remove all jewelry and wear long sleeves and gloves to protect from battery acid leaks.

2)      Inspect the battery case for signs of bulging, cracking or leaking. If signs are present it’s time to replace your battery.

3)      Clean the connections by removing any corrosion, lead oxidation, paint or rust from the top of the battery with a scouring pad [...]

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