Tech Tip - October 2006

Carter Automotive
107 West 11th Street
Coffeyville, KS 67337
Phone: (800) 225-4813 (620) 251-4700
FAX: (620) 251-2215

More Than 70 Percent of Motorists Fail to Winterize Their Vehicles

More than 70 percent of motorists admit that they did not have their cars winterized in preparation for inclement weather, according to a survey conducted by the Car Care Council. This can prove extremely dangerous if your car breaks down due to a lack of preventative maintenance. Why take the risk?

The good news is that it’s not too late to prepare your vehicle for harsh winter weather. The Car Care Council recommends the following tasks be performed by a do-it-yourselfer or professional automotive technician”

• Check the coolant (antifreeze) every year; coolant should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles.

• Check the owner’s manual to see if your driving habits are considered “severe,” and if so, have the oil changed accordingly, usually every 3,000 miles; consider changing to a “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate.

• Check the battery and exhaust system.

• Be certain the heater and defroster are working properly.

• Keep the gas tank at least half full, decreasing the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.

• Check tire tread depth and tire pressure; consider special tires if snow and ice are a problem in your area.

• Make sure the headlights work and are properly aimed.

• Replace wiper blades every six months; consider special snow blades if the weather dictates.

The friendly folks at Carter Automotive can help you with all the products you need to make your car as safe as possible this winter. You can come into the store and get everything you need to do it yourself, or make an appointment with the service department for a full checkup. Don't be the one stuck by the side of the road this winter driving season. Be proactive and prepare for winter weather!

Print me and take me to one of the 6 Carter Automotive locations in SE Kansas. Our friendly and knowledgeable counter staff will help you find the perfect parts for your application at the right price.