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Tire pressure low? Here’s how to prepare your car for cold weather

HOUSTON – When the temperatures drop, specialists mentioned it could be time for car upkeep.

“When you have a sudden shift in the weather, different things happen with the car,” mentioned Tony Zapoli with Advanced Auto Tech. People began calling Zapoli as quickly as they heard, “cold front.”

He urges motorists to verify their tire pressure.

“This is 27.5 right now, after a cold front, it’s probably going to lose a few pounds, so this needs to be brought up to about 36 pounds,” Zapoli mentioned, demonstrating with a tire.

People must also verify their car’s fluids — particularly coolant or anti-freeze. The liquid helps regulate car engines throughout excessive temperatures.

“Just make sure it’s up to the minimum when the engine’s cold. If the engine’s hot, it’ll be up to the maximum,” mentioned Zapoli.

He additionally suggests drivers guarantee their windshield wipers are prepared to go.

“When we do a state inspection, just run your finger down the blade, make sure it’s nice and smooth if you got any nicks and cuts in it, that’s what leave streaks on the windshield,” mentioned Zapoli.

He additionally recommends folks maintain their batteries in fine condition. On common, a battery lasts two to 5 years.

Lastly, he mentioned folks ought to examine their car’s air conditioner and heater and never simply to be comfy.

“Turn the car on, turn the heater on, make sure you’re getting good heat flow out of it, make sure the AC does work, because you need the air conditioner to dry the air, so it doesn’t fog the windows up,” mentioned Zapoli.

AAA says you don’t want to heat up your car for a couple of minutes while you first flip it on. The group says letting a car idle really requires extra time for the automobile to heat up and permits extra gas to get into the engine.

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