Time to Winterize Your Car
We're starting to dip into colder temperatures and snow is starting to fall in Minnesota
Winter is coming and so is the time to protect your car from Minnesota's longest season.
Austin's Auto Repair says there are three major things to look at when winterizing your vehicle.
The first is to make sure there is an appropriate type and amount of antifreeze to safeguard the car's radiator.
"If it was a really cold morning and you took off in a very cold car, you could actually freeze the radiator before you hit town," said Lynn Austin of Austin's Auto Parts. "Always somewhere between 20 and 40 below zero is the best for the antifreeze."
Most Minnesotans are ready with jumper cables in the winter, but Austin's recommends having batteries load-tested before the season to reduce the need of jumping your vehicle.
According to the repair service, a stable battery should be able to handle a load of 200 amps with the voltage reading at no lower than 9.6 volts.
"The battery is probably the biggest neglect," said Austin. "When it gets really cold the battery loses a lot of its main charge voltage and if it can't withstand the load, then it dies the first time it hits zero or five-below zero."
Tire wear can also cause major issues on the icy roads.
Austin's says to check your tread by using a quarter, if any part of the head on the coin passes the tire tread, it's time to change them.
"They feel that people are safer with a head of a quarter than they are with a head of a penny," said Austin. "So if you're in between those two, then you know that you're getting close to being wore out. Especially if you don't have the tire tread across the full face of the tire which means then you don't have correct alignment."
In addition to checking the tread, an alignment check is also important to do before getting on the winter roads.
----KEYC News 12