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5 Ways to Winterize Your Car

Prepare for Rainy Skies - Winterize!

Yes it’s that time of year again, Seattle area drivers. Lots of rain. Shorter and colder days. And the upcoming holidays, which means more traffic on the roads. Don’t let your car slow you down.

A few quick checks can make sure you are ready to go and not stuck in traffic, or in a ditch. Below are a few tips to help you winterize your car, or, at least, get you to think about doing it.

  1. Don’t get stuck in the cold! Get your battery tested. Think about your battery’s health before your car doesn’t start. A battery that is getting weak is more sensitive to cold temps. The starting power can be reduced by 50% in really cold weather. In addition your car needs more power to start a cold engine. Get your mechanic to perform a load test.
  2. It gets dark early so make sure you can see and others see you! Make sure all of your lights work including your turn and brake signals. Either get a friend to help or have your mechanic take a look. It’s also a great time to take care of any dash lights that are out. You don’t want to take your eyes off the road to find a switch or guess how fast you are going.
  3. Don’t freeze up! Seattle may be fairly mild but we have been known to have cold blasts and if you ski or spend any time in the mountains it isn’t pretty when your radiator freezes up. At the very least have your antifreeze tested but it’s also a great time for a radiator flush and add new antifreeze to keep the fluids clean and prevent clogging of your radiator. Note: Antifreeze that is up to snuff also helps prevent boil over in hot weather.
  4. It rains in Seattle! Don’t forget your wiper blades and fluid. When that downpour comes make sure you can see.
  5. Be prepared with cold weather supplies for your car – Wisconsin knows how to prepare for the cold. Use their online list to build a cold weather kit for your car.

These tips will help you stay safe, and dry, as you motor through the Pacific Northwest this winter in your car. And if you need a helping hand, your car tuned-up, or any additional car repair services, we’re here for you, as always. Conveniently located between Seattle and Tacoma. Safe travels to you and your family from all of us at Pinnacle Auto Service!

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