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Winterization - Is Your Vehicle Ready for Cold Weather?

Drivers often underestimate the importance of preparing cars for the winter. Freezes can wreak havoc on auto systems, such as cracking expensive engine blocks (in extreme weather) when the water/anti-freeze ratio is incorrect, brittle belts that may snap or break, and weak batteries that can leave you stranded.

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A properly maintained vehicle can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather drops.

1. Fluids - Coolant should be flushed and refilled every 24 months. Be sure to mix antifreeze with water because full strength antifreeze has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.

2. Battery - Check the battery and charging system ahead of time for optimum performance. We recommend replacing batteries that are over three years old.

3. Tires - Tire pressure should be checked weekly, as they can easily lose pressure when temperatures drop. Don't forget to also check your spare! MMP now offers nitrogen for your tires - read more about the benefits here.

4. Brakes - Brakes are critical to stopping in inclement weather, have your break system checked before that weather arrives.

5. Oil - Be sure to change the oil at recommended intervals. If temperatures remain extremely low, consider changing to a low-viscosity oil. Thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.

6. Wipers & Lights - Check all exterior lights and make sure bulbs are functioning properly so your vehicle can be seen! If your wiper blades are old or worn they will not clean the windshield properly, now is the time to get them replaced.

Our ASE certified technicians are here to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter. They know that regular maintenance is crucial for combating the winter weather and driving conditions.

The last thing you need is a car that breaks down in inclement weather. Bring in your vehicle today and allow us to make sure your vehicle is ready!


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