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Steps you can take to keep your car running in winter

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 02 2014 03:40:43 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 02 2014 04:43:37 PM CST

The last thing drivers need in winter weather is for their car to break down.

The last thing drivers need in winter weather is for their car to break down, but there are things you can do to prevent potential problems when the temperatures drop.

Workers at Jack Williams Tire in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., are taking care of some simple checks to make sure rides are ready for the weather.

"There is some preventative maintenance and some things you can look at in order to make sure the car runs efficiently for you," explained TJ Crotzer, the general manager.

Crotzer said vehicle fluids, brakes and tires are the things you should focus on.

"On your tires, as long as their 4/32nds or better, you're gonna be good for snow driving," Crotzer shared. "You can also take a penny, flip it over. If you can get to Lincoln's head, guess what, you're still good."

Check your battery to make sure there is no corrosion, and also take a look at your windshield wipers. The blades shouldn't have any bends or tears in them.

"Another thing you want to do is make sure that your washer fluid is nice and full, added Crotzer. "Now, they do make lots of different washer fluids. They make de-icers. Basically, you just want to make sure one is gonna be good to negative 20 to 30 degrees."

Besides your tire tread, it's also important to check your tires for crack and dry rot. Also make sure you take a look at your tire pressure, the cold can cause them to lose pressure even if you had them recently filled.