Car News Articles 
 Car Maintenance
 Fall-Winter (77)





Car Maintenance >> Fall-Winter

- Print

Keep Your Car In Top Shape For Changing Seasons

(NAPSI)-As you shift into gear for fall and winter driving, there are some basic steps to take to keep your engine humming and vehicle performance high as the temperatures drop.

According to the experts at AutoVantage, there is a simple, comprehensive checklist to keep you-and your automobile-on the road in the cold:

1. Use the "Three Ps" for safe fall and winter driving. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration advises to Prepare (maintenance checks) for the trip, Protect yourself (buckle up and use child safety seats) and Prevent (be alert, drive slower and avoid fatigue) crashes on the road.

2. Achieve anti-freeze: Check your anti-freeze for proper strength-it should be good to -35 degrees Celsius. Buy only ethylene glycol-based fluid with low freezing and high boiling points, and replace it every two years or 30,000 miles.

3. Fluid mechanics: Check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended winter oil rating. A 10W-30 weight works for everything short of arctic or alpine winter conditions. Keep your reservoir full with winter washer fluid-a solvent that is good to 10 degrees below zero and be sure your transmission fluid is clean.

4. Wipers, belts and hoses, oh my: Replace your wipers, especially for night driving and encounters with rain, sleet and snow. Check all belts and hoses; cracked, frayed or worn rubber may not make it through the winter.

5. Check your tires: Take a long look at your tread. Driving in colder conditions and on icy, snowy roads requires as much traction as your tires can deliver. Replace them if you see worn tread or sidewall damage.

6. Get a charge from battery, electrical system: Check your battery and charging system. Fall and winter driving requires more power from your battery, so consider buying a stronger, heftier battery.

7. Winter emergency kit: Keep these must-have items in your trunk: heavy duty jumper cables, flashlight, emergency flares, ice scraper, snow brush, small shovel, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter), blanket, gloves, heavy socks, winter boots and tire chains for snowy areas.

8. Keep your gas tank full: Always maintain a full gas tank; if you get stranded or stuck in gridlock, your engine is your only source of heat.

9. Double-check rear window defroster: If some of the lines don't work, they can be repaired.

10. Plan your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early), be familiar with map/directions and let others know your route and arrival time.

AutoVantage offers car-care savings from 5 to 20 percent off sales and regular rates at some 19,000 service locations, including participating AAMCO, Jiffy Lube, Meineke and American Car Care Center locations. Trip routing for maps and door-to-door driving directions across the U.S. is also included.


Belts and hoses should be checked before the weather gets too cold.


About AutoVantage

Membership in AutoVantage (http://www.autovantage.com or 1-800-876-7787) begins with a month-long trial that costs $1 and can be canceled anytime during the trial period. Unless you call toll free (1-800-876-7787) to cancel during your $1 trial period, your privileges will automatically continue for an additional 11 months at the $99.99 annual membership fee, and will renew upon expiration at the then-current year's fee and be automatically billed to the credit card you provide without your having to do anything further. Your satisfaction is important. You can call toll free to cancel at any time for a refund of the unused portion of your then-current year's fee, no matter how much money you've saved. Trilegiant Corporation, (www.trilegiant.com) a leader in the membership services and loyalty businesses, offers AutoVantage. With Progeny Marketing Innovations, Trilegiant is now part of the Cendant Marketing Group.






comments powered by Disqus


Related Articles:
Winter Driving Safety: What You Need To Know
Winter Tires Save Lives And Money
Ready Your Ride For Rough Weather
Prepare For Winter Driving Before Jack Frost Arrives
Quick Fall Auto Fix-up Tips
Prepare Your Vehicle for Fall
Which Deicers Cause The Least Damage To Your Car?
Winterize Your Vehicle
Are Winter Tires On Your Winter Driving Checklist?
Make Your Winter Driving Safe Driving With These Car Care Tips
A Winter Checklist For Drivers
Fall Into Good Car Maintenance Habits
Tips for Cold Weather Driving
Prepping A Vehicle For Cold Weather
Prepare For Cold-Weather Driving: Tips For Winter Road Warriors

sdg
sg
?????????


Stay Updated!


Fall-Winter
Related Articles
Seven Steps To Getting Your
Winter Driving And Tire Tips
Tips On Caring For Your
Car Winterization Secrets From A
With Tires, Pressure Can Be
Winter Driving Safety: What You
Winter Tires Save Lives And
Ready Your Ride For Rough
Prepare For Winter Driving Before
Quick Fall Auto Fix-up Tips
Prepare Your Vehicle for Fall
Which Deicers Cause The Least
Winterize Your Vehicle
Are Winter Tires On Your
Make Your Winter Driving Safe
A Winter Checklist For Drivers
Fall Into Good Car Maintenance
Tips for Cold Weather Driving
Prepping A Vehicle For Cold
Prepare For Cold-Weather Driving: Tips


Feed Button



Car Insurance Info | Newsletter | Car Classifieds | Online Car Rentals
Auto Pictures | Link To Carjunky.com



Complete List of Article RSS News Feeds


Copyright © 1999 - . CarJunky® All Rights Reserved.