Cold weather car care! These tips could save you money

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- You're not the only one suffering in the cold. Your car is too! Ken Sanders at C.A.P. Automotive explains that winter weather can create additional wear and tear on your ride. He says there are some simple things you can do now to keep you from spending money on repairs later.

  1. First check the battery for corrosion. Turning over an engine can take twice as much electrical current in the cold.

  2. Make sure you are using the right kind of motor oil. You can find the recommended oil type on the cap near the engine, where the oil is poured in. Unless you are driving in sub-zero weather, use the oil weight your car recommends.

  3. Have your mechanic take a look at your belts and hoses at your next oil change. The cold can also affect your car's belts and hoses. A dry, brittle belt could break when you go to start your car in the morning. Belts typically cost just $25-$60 to repair.

  4. Change to all season washer fluid for your windshield. Winterized washer fluid can actually help remove a thin layer of ice from your windshield during a light freeze.

Ken also explains that you should remember to keep your tires in top condition, too.

"To keep good control of your vehicle, you want to make sure you have good tire tread, and you want to make sure your tire pressure is correct," he says. You can find the appropriate inflation on the sticker in the driver's side doorjamb.

Most importantly, take action early to prevent expensive repair bills later. These tips could save you money and save your life.
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