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Winter Service Tips

Taking care of your car is a year-round responsibility, but things can get especially complicated during the winter months. The cold weather and the tricky road conditions can do damage to your vehicle, but there are some simple steps you can take to prevent major damage and increase safety all through the winter.
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  • Take your car in diagnostics test and see if there are any potential issues developing under your hood. Or, if you’re due for a tune-up anyway, schedule regular maintenance before it’s too late. The cold will make that little engine cough escalate to a dramatic problem faster than you’d expect.
  • Flush the old antifreeze out of your cooling system, especially if you haven’t done this in awhile (awhile meaning about two years).
  • Check your tire tread. There’s a very easy way to do this: take any old penny and stick it headfirst into the tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is still covered, your tread is still street-legal. If not, replace your tires ASAP. Winter is not the time to be testing worn-down wheels!
  • Get an oil change and use low viscosity oil. Thinner oil functions better in cold temperatures.
  • Check your battery and charging system.
  • Put a deicing agent in your wiper fluid chamber.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all times. Low amounts of gas can lead to freezing in the fuel lines.
  • Keep an emergency kit somewhere accessible in your car. Include: flares, flashlight, blankets, gloves, jumper cables, motor oil, deicing fluid.
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Stay safe this season!
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