Monday, November 2, 2009

Winter Car Care Tips from the Pros

Now that our clocks have been turned back an hour and the leaves have started changing colors, I’m going to list a few tips that are provided by the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to take care of your car in the upcoming cold weather. ASE is the group that certifies automotive technicians.

1. Change your oil as specified in the owner’s manual (usually 3,000 miles). In cold climates, use winter grade oil.
2. In case of an emergency, make sure that you have gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand, tire chains, a flashlight, and a cell phone.
3. Make sure your heater and defroster is in good working conditions. You don’t want to be stuck in the freezing cold with no heat!
4. Worn tires will be little help in the winter weather. You should examine tires for the remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping. Also check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Rotate as recommended and have a spare tire and a jack that is in good condition.

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  1. Warm up your car or truck before you go driving in the winter!!

  2. Rinse your car down to get rid of excess dirt, and then wash it with a sponge and soapy water. Once you’ve washed the whole car, rinse it off and then dry it with a soft cloth. If you don’t dry your car afterwards, water droplets gather dust, and when they dry out, you’re left with many spots all over the body of the car. This is especially noticeable with dark colored cars.
    Every month or so you should use a bug and tar removal product on the body of your car. There are many of these types of products available at most car care stores. A great product to go for is one which removes bugs, tar and other spots, while polishing the car’s surface at the same time.

  3. It is great to read some of the information and feedback, here. I hope to read more ideas in the future!!! Cleaning a Car Engine


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