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Cold Weather Checklist

Is Your Car Ready for Cold Weather Driving?



Extreme temperatures can greatly reduce a battery's starting power. Getting your battery tested could prevent you from being stranded out in the cold. If your battery is four or more years old, consider replacing it before it leaves you in a lurch.

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Winter driving means more nighttime driving. Maximize visibility by restoring headlight lenses and replacing bulbs (if needed). While you're at it, make sure all of your lights are working properly, including your hazards.

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Check the quality and level of your antifreeze. If the liquid inside your radiator is clear or rusty, you might be overdue for a flush. If you have the proper color fluid for your application, use an antifreeze tester to ensure you have the intended level of protection.

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Winter wiper blades are designed to remain ice and snow free when you need it the most. Think about upgrading yours before inclement weather hits. Check the spray nozzles of your windshield washer system to clear away debris that may block the nozzles.

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Washer Fluid

Washer Fluid

Make sure your washer fluid is topped off and appropriately temperature-rated for your climate.

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Tires & Chains

Checking your tire pressure regularly becomes critical in the winter months. For every 10 degree temperature drop, your tires can lose about 1 PSI of pressure. Also check to be sure your tires have adequate tread.

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Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is critical when your vehicle breaks down or bad weather strikes while you are on the road. You should always be prepared, whether you are stranded for a few hours or a couple of days. In addition to your standard auto emergency kit, here are extra items to include when the winter weather begins to roll in.

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For added peace of mind, stop by your local O'Reilly Auto Parts store to have your starting and charging systems checked before winter hits.

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