Are you ready for winter?
Winterize your vehicle
Guess what? It's coming again... Get ready, winter is almost here in Alberta. If you've lived here for a while, you'll know that it can happen quickly so be prepared, as much as possible. Here are some tips to help you get through it safely.
Check your vehicles tires (including your spare) As a general rule, it's always better to tackle your winter tires before the snow starts to fly. That way you don't run the risk of being unprepared for slippery roads. Why change your tires at all? Summer tires generally start being less effective around 7-10 degrees Celsius. Plus, winter tires are made from a soft rubber compound that allows them to maintain their flexibility in winter and prevents them from sliding all over the road. Come talk to us at E & R Auto about your tire options.
Check the pressure, as well. When the temperature outside the tire changes, it will affect the pressure inside the tire. In the fall, the colder weather will significantly lower your tire pressure.
Finding out your battery is dead at 6:30 in the morning-in below-freezing temperatures, is not your idea of a good time. Save yourself a headache and get your battery tested now, before it's too late. Batteries typically last anywhere from 3-4 years. If your battery's getting close to the 4-year mark, it's probably time for a new one. If your car takes a few extra seconds to turn over, it might be a sign it's getting old. Cold temperatures slow chemical reactions down, putting extra strain on your battery. If your battery is on its last legs, this can push it over the edge. We can check to see if the connections on the battery are corroded and your water level is balanced. Ask us at E & R Auto about a battery check.
Antifreeze is added to water in your vehicle to lower the temperature in which your coolant freezes. On most vehicles, a typical mixture is 50% water and 50% antifreeze. But be sure to use the correct type for your vehicle. If you're not sure, come into E & R Auto and we can help tackle your fluids for you. Winterizing your car means making sure your coolant is full. But it also means making sure your windshield fluid is full. Never, never, never use straight water! In Alberta, the recommended strength of your solution is -35 degrees. At E & R Auto we will make sure all your fluid levels are where they should be.
A good set of wiper blades is essential in Alberta, where even light snowfalls (by our standards, at least) can lead to obstructed driving. So if your wipers are old, worn-down or hardened, have them replaced. They're a low cost fix to keep your windshield clear and you safer on the roads.
Call us today at 780-955-1991 to make an appointment and keep your vehicle running well this season. Safe driving this winter from all of us at E & R Auto.
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