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Winterizing Your Car

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

December 14, 2005

Another snow fall is predicted to head our way, but is you car ready to handle what may come?

As more snow is predicted and cold temperatures are seemingly here to stay, this is the time to have your car winterized.

"If you get your car winterized now you can save a lot of money down the road," said Jiffy Lube Manager John Jarvis.

Jarvis said drivers ought to get their vehicles checked out as soon as possible to keep it from freezing up.

Winterizing your car isn't only done underneath your hood, there are also some things outside of your car you should check like your tire pressure.

"A lot of the times when it's cold out the tire pressure does drop on you."

That is because the air in your tire is made of gas and it condenses in cooler temperatures.

Drivers should check everything from their battery, to windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze levels.

"Anti freeze can break down and be real corrosive to the engine," said Trey Lippy with Forrest Lakes Auto. "It could stop your radiator up. It just won't flow properly if you don't get everything done."


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