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AUTOMOTIVE: It’s time to get your car ready for cooler weather

By Wyatt Nettles, J&W Repair

Cooler weather is here and cold weather on the way.  It’s the time of year for coffee, hot chocolate and getting your car ready for cold weather.

Now is a good time to check the condition of your coolant and its freezing point. A visual inspection is a good thing to do, but also check to see if you need antifreeze. If the freezing point is high, it might be a good time to flush the cooling system and add new coolant. A 50/50 mix is all we need to protect the cooling system to -32°. We will not see anything close to this temperature, so what is an acceptable temperature to have? If we check your system and it is protected to around 0°, we don’t worry.

We also need to be aware of other systems that need attention. Belts, hoses, batteries, wipers and tires also need to be checked. If your belt is cracked, it will be more likely to break in cold weather. Hoses are also more likely to fail in cold weather. The cold weather will make your battery work harder. Your wipers need to be in good shape to handle frost and ice when needed. Your tires need to be in good shape.  Tread depth is needed to channel more water and less hydroplaning.

Remember, in cooler weather we have a greater temperature difference between starting and driving. Everything is cold when we start but gets hot when we drive. This is harder on all parts on our car. Let’s get our vehicles ready.