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Changing Temperatures

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Winter is around the corner and although your first instinct is to wrap up in a warm blanket by the fire, you really should be thinking about maintaining your vehicle while the cold weather is upon us. Without the heating systems in today's modern vehicles, we would all be miserable driving to our destinations. We take for granted the heat in our vehicle that keeps us warm in the winter months. Without proper protection and maintenance our vehicles would not be able to protect us from that cold weather. Here are some important facts to keep in mind:

  • Of the upmost importance in the winter months is your radiator. It helps the engine stay at proper temperature, regardless of the temperature outside. Always make sure the condition of your vehicles coolant is up to standard and filled to the proper level, if not it can cause your engine to freeze during the worst of dipping temperatures.
  • Vehicle batteries can have trouble during extreme temperatures. Check the batteries terminals to make sure there is no rust or corrosion. If you have an older battery and the temperatures are dipping, get your battery tested and replace it if it is not in good working order.
  • As temperatures rise and fall throughout the day, so does the air pressure in your tires. Especially in cold months, tires tend to lose more air than in winter months. Check your tires during the first cold snap and make sure they are in range suggested by the manufacturer. This ensures that your tires always make good contact with the road surface and helps ward off uneven wear.

Don't forget to make time for your vehicle during this winter. Besides all of the tips mentioned above, don't forget your windshield wipers! It is important to replace worn wiper blades regularly to maintain good visibility when necessary. Proper maintenance can help insure you and your vehicle don't get caught out in the cold. You can always call Belden's Automotive & Tires, Your Alternative to the Dealer, our family is here to help! Look us up online at beldensautomotive.com for money saving coupons. Buckle up, Drive safe and Remember at Belden's Automotive & Tires, "We Keep You Rolling!"

~Rusty Belden
Belden's Automotive & Tires