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4 Car Repairs You Should Invest In Before Winter

winter_crashWith the winter fast approaching, it’s important that you get your car ready so that you can be safe behind the wheel. The last thing that you want to have happen is finding yourself on the side of the road in zero degree weather because your tire blew out.

 

Every year before the winter hits, here are four repairs you should consider investing in to make sure your family remains safe:

 

#1 Tires

As you already know, your tires are what separates you from the road and potential disasters when it’s icy out. The winter time isn’t when you’re going to want to be cheap with your tires. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board recommends that you have at least 2/32-inches of depth. If your depth is getting low, it’s best you get your tires changed immediately. To check your depth, place a penny into the tread grooves of the tire. If Lincoln’s head is covered, you have more than enough depth.

 

#2 Wiper Blades

This is a simple repair that should only take a few minutes of your time. When the snow starts melting and splashes on your windshield, there are going to be days when you’re constantly running your wiper blades. With that mix of salt from the road and water on your windshield, it’s going to take more of an effort to clear your windshield. Failing to have good wipers installed can lead to impaired vision and potential accidents.

 

#3 Inspect Your Brakes

With the icy roads and snow mixed in, it’s so important that your brakes are working appropriately. If you don’t know how to inspect your brake pads, a local mechanic will be more than happy to help with a potential brake pad replacement. Just like your tires, you shouldn’t cut corners here.

 

#4 Battery

Since it can get rather cold in the winter, you don’t want to come out to a car with a dead battery. The winter season is known for starting problems. Check your battery posts and see if they look clean. Dirty posts are often a sign that you need to replace your battery. If you haven’t installed a new battery in more than five to seven years, it’s probably best to spend a hundred dollars or so on a new one.

 

Aside from the four major repairs noted above, it doesn’t hurt to check your windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, spark plugs and engine oil. By doing this annually before the weather gets cold, you can jump behind the wheel knowing that your car is ready to hit the icy roads.

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