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Preparing your vehicle now for winter will avoid problems later
Now is the winter of your discontent.
Canadian winters may not have been the impetus for Shakespeare in penning his classic phrase, but any good Canuck would agree the sentiment certainly applies during the coldest time of the year.
But there are few things car and truck owners can do prepare for the colder months to avid that disgruntled feeling that from costly repairs
The first check should be your windshield wipers
. These indispensable tools are hard to change at the best of times never mind when your fingers are frozen. 
Wipers should be replaced when there are torn don’t clean well or when they move in jerky motions. Look for winter wipers that have a rubber casing that prevent ice buildup.
Washer Fluid
Top up your washer fluid ensuring that at least 50 percent is winter fluid (if not, the solution could freeze and expand, destroying the container).
Change your coolant.
Over time coolant deteriorates and loses its ability to withstand severe temperatures. If skip this vital step, a freeze can occur, causing damage to your cooling system.
 Check your battery. As the temperature drops the batteries lose their ability to Provide a current. If your lights dim, have your vehicle checked immediately __ battery and alternator problems don’t go away, they just get worse.
Replace worn tires.
Examine all the belts and loses and replace any that have signs of wear and tear.
Start using a lighter grade of oil such as 5w30,which flows more readily than heavier grades. However if your vehicle has over 150,000 km or leaks oil, you may want to stick with 10w30.
 By practicing a few of these precautionary measures, and maintaining good winter car gear __ ice scraper, snow brush, blanket and booster cables, you’ll lessen your chances of serious car trouble this winter.
By Romana King
Winter car Kit Guide:
  • Shovel
  • Heavy tow rope or chain
  • Compass (think of blinding snow and how easy it is to lose your way)
  • Blanket or old sleeping bag for warmth emergency traction
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter
  • Candles and tin can (for light and heat source for melting snow to drink)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Flares or safety triangles
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra clothing (gloves, heavy hat, extra socks, boot)
  • Cell phone
  • A few non-perishable food items
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