10 HELPFUL TIPS TO GET YOUR VEHICLE ROAD-READY FOR WINTER“Your road to more savings and a greener planet doesn’t stop at the checkout counter. Your driving habits, driving conditions and proper maintenance will affect the kind of savings you’ll achieve,” said Carolyn Goard communications manager for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.
--Check your breaks and tires--
If your tires have wear bars showing, it is a good idea to replace those before the winter. As the weather gets colder be sure to check your tire pressure to ensure it meets the recommended requirements.
--Replace wiper blades--
Make sure your blades are in good condition. If you notice they are not clearing the windshield or the rubber is cracked it is a good idea to replace them.
--Check your battery--
As the temperatures start to drop in the winter season it is imperative that you have a fully charged battery. Have the battery and charging system inspected by a trained technician, especially if you see signs of corrosion or spot any loose connections.
--Change the oil and air filter--
If it has been a while since your last oil change be sure to get one before the winter season, check your air filter. If you can't see light through it, it may be time to replace it.
--Check all fluid levels--
Be sure to check all fluids such as transmission, washer, brake and power steering. It is a good idea to have these at or above minimum safe levels.
--Check your lights--
As winter approaches and darkness comes earlier it is important to check that all of your lights are working properly. Headlights, taillights, parking lights, brake lights and emergency flashers, replace these if broken and make sure they are clean.
--Make sure the heater/defroster work--
Test both the heater and the front and rear defroster to ensure they are properly working. If not be sure to have them fixed.
--Inspect under the hood--
Look for leaks, cracks or loose clamps in the cooling system. Squeeze hoses and be sure to replace any that have that spongy-feeling of brittle. Don't forget to check the drive belts for fraying and replace if need be.
--Refill cooling system--
Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is too low, add a 50/50 solution of water and coolant to allow proper antifreeze capability. It may be necessary to refill the cooling system.
--Detail and wash your car--
Having a clean, detailed car will enable you to spot possible problems.
Stop into Hollis Ford in Truro and we will check your tire tread at no charge and give you an evaluation of their condition.