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Winterizing Your Car | St. Albert

The snowy season is right around the corner. For most Canadians, that means there will be slick roads and cold weather for several months. That’s why it’s important to winterize your car. From tire pressure to vehicle fluids, there are a number of things you can do to get your car ready for the upcoming burst of bad weather.

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Winterize Your Tires


Tires

First, consider getting snow tires. These tires are made with special rubber compounds to resist cold weather, as well as special tread for added grip. Plus, with channels to divert water, you will have added control on wet surfaces. Snow tires are especially effective on snow and ice, but they also work well in rain and on dry pavement.

In addition to winter tires, you should also check tire pressure. With a decrease in temperature, tire pressure will dip as well. In fact, every 10-degree decrease in temperature leads to a 1-degree dip in pressure per square inch.
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Electrical

It’s important to check the electrical system before the winter hits as well. Cold weather especially affects electrical systems, including the battery. You can check it yourself by doing a visual inspection, looking for frayed wires and bad connections. However, you should always have a professional​ do repairs, as it can be dangerous. A technician can also test the battery for you to ensure that the vehicle will last through the winter.
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Top Off Fluids

Finally, be sure to top off your fluids. This includes coolant/antifreeze, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. When you’re checking the wiper fluid, be sure to add de-icer to the mix, as visibility is of the utmost importance in the winter.
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These are just some of the ways you can winterize your car. Check the tires, the electrical, and top off fluids. If you do these things, you can extend the life of your car and stay better protected this winter.​ 

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