Do you prep your car for the seasons?

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We get it all here. Heavy rain in the spring, bright sun in the summer, high winds in the fall, and loads of snow in the winter. It can be challenging driving around places you seldom go with the weather always changing. Do you prepare for seasonal changes where you are by prepping your car?

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May 5, 2020 3:07 PM

We get a good amount of snow each winter. The only thing I do is put on winter tires, they make driving much easier in the snow. If it gets really bad, I'll use chains. I've not had to do that just yet.

Any other suggestions for better winter driving?

May 9, 2020 9:44 PM

As mentioned, I change to my season tires that better handle cold, icey, and wet conditions. I also take my car in for an inspection before winter hits to make sure everything is running fine.

May 12, 2020 11:30 PM

I have winter tires that get put on for November through March. I also changed the windshield wipers so they are better equipped for snowfall vs rain. That is about all I do.

May 18, 2020 6:10 PM

Yes. Preparing your car for spring can save you a lot of headaches later in the year. It can even save you money! Spring auto maintenance will get you ready for a summer filled with long drives and vacations. Whether you’re heading to the beach or your child’s ball game, you’ll be glad you took the time to prepare your car for spring.

May 24, 2020 9:42 PM

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As temperatures cool, it’s a good time to make sure that all of your car’s fluids are clean and topped off. When temperatures drop, the fluids in your car can become more viscous, or thicker – which may cause them to move more slowly through the engine. It’s especially good to drain and replace your coolant if you live in areas that experience extreme temperature swings from summer to fall and into winter. Coolant isn’t JUST coolant – there’s water added to it, and that ratio of water to coolant will typically be higher in the summer. In the winter, the ratio of water to coolant should be 40:60 (or 40% water, 60% coolant). 


May 30, 2020 1:15 PM

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Who doesn't? And like the seasonal changes you might make to your wardrobe to keep you toasty, your car might need a cold-weather makeover if you want the vehicle to be in its best working order. Winter-proofing a vehicle is key if you care about saving money. The money you spend on the proper fluids, new brakes and wipers, and other relatively minor investments now can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road. And if proper winter car preparation prevents a breakdown or even an accident, every penny and all the effort spent now will be more than worth it.

June 4, 2020 3:35 PM

Check your tire pressure. Temperature swings during winter storage, plus tires that have been stationary for extended period of time, can result in lost pressure. A quality tire pressure gauge will ensure proper pressures are maintained. When checking tire pressure, take a moment to visually inspect the tires for general condition, which should show no cracking or separation of the tread or sidewall. Also, Confirm oil level

Many classic car have small leaks in the engine compartment, and it is worth taking a moment to check the oil level and be sure that a significant amount hasn’t leaked into that drip pan you put beneath the car. Also visually inspect the oil for containments.

June 10, 2020 10:34 PM

And like the seasonal changes you might make to your wardrobe to keep you toasty, your car might need a cold-weather makeover if you want the vehicle to be in its best working order.

Winter-proofing a vehicle is key if you care about saving money. The money you spend on the proper fluids, new brakes and wipers, and other relatively minor investments now can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road. And if proper winter car preparation prevents a breakdown or even an accident, every penny and all the effort spent now will be more than worth it.

June 11, 2020 2:08 PM