Tips to keep your car running in the wintertime

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(WBRE/WYOU) — Meteorological winter begins next Sunday so now might be a good time to make sure your vehicle is in good running condition.

The winter months can be a time for fun in the snow, whether it’s skiing or snowboarding, but maybe not so enjoyable when it comes to cleaning off your car. As we still have some time until the start of meteorological winter, now is the time to get your vehicle in its best shape. Eyewitness News’ Logan Westrope met with Motorworld Service Manager Mike Gyory for tips and things you should check before a storm hits this coming winter.

“You want the vehicle to do the basic functions. You want it to start. You want it to go. And you want it to stop, so some of the basic things you always want to check are your battery. Any extreme temperatures whether it’d be cold or heat, produce a lot of stress on the battery,” Gyory said.

Gyory says car batteries are only good for about three or four years and you might not even realize it is weak until temperatures get extremely cold.

“Check your battery. You want to look at your battery posts, both positive and negative terminals. Make sure there is no corrosion build-up on those. Corrosion build-up may mean your battery is getting old and probably needs replacement,” Gyory said.

For those who would like to save some money, you can check a lot of your vehicle’s functions yourself.

“Check your washer fluid. Definitely reference your owner’s manual before you go topping any fluids off. You want to make sure you’re topping off the right fluid. Make sure your coolant level is at a proper level between the high and low side,” Gyory said. “You can always check your engine oil and make sure that’s at a proper level. Your tires, in the state of Pennsylvania, 2/32 is the state minimum to pass a safety inspection, so a penny is always a good measurement. If you check the tread depth with a penny, and it doesn’t touch the top of Lincoln’s head, it means you would fail a state safety inspection and you’re in pretty rough shape.”

If your vehicle doesn’t sound right or something seems different, then that may be a sign to bring your car into the shop for maintenance, which is much better than getting stranded on the side of the road during winter.

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