~preparing your car for the winter~
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 66% of American homes have garages or car ports (but those who actually use their garages for cars and not for storing their Christmas trees and midlife-crisis motorcycle, is unknown). Faros Properties’ apartments are in the mix, offering garage space or reserved outdoor parking for each property in Pittsburgh – an amazing amenity.
In the wintertime, there’s nothing nicer than walking to your car and finding it clear of snow and frost. You can hop in your car like any other day, without taking extra time in the cold defrosting your car and praying that you got all the snow off. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones, 100% of Americans will drive in the wintertime. So how do you prepare your car for winter commutes? Follow
Car Care’s checklist for its 9
ways to prepare your car for the winter.
1. Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
2. Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
3. Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
4. Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
5. Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
6. If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
7. Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
8. Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
9. Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.
Now get out there and make sure you’re set for tomorrow’s commute!