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Monday, October 28, 2013

Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather

          It’s gloomy to think about cold weather, snow and ice already but winter is quickly approaching.  Winter weather demands more of our cars.  Starting an engine in sub-zero temperatures and maintaining traction on slippery roads are experiences common to Michigan automobile owners.
           Preparing your car in advance will help keep you safe and keep your car running smoothly.  Here are some key areas on your car that you may want to have inspected before winter:
  • · Hoses and fan belts
  • · Spark plugs
  • · Antifreeze and fluid levels
  • · Battery strength
  • · Tire pressure and tread
  • · Air, fuel and emission filters
  • · Spare tire and jack
  • · Wiper blades and washer solvent
If you live in an area with low to moderate snow fall, all-season tires may be sufficient.  Northern Michiganders may want to consider investing in snow tires.  AAA Michigan recommends that all drivers travel with a winter driving kit.  Some suggested kit items include a bag of abrasive material (sand or cat litter), a small shovel, snow brush with an ice scraper, traction mats, a flashlight, booster cables, a blanket, snacks and flares or triangles in case the car is disable.  It’s also a good idea to get a cell phone charger for your car, especially during the winter.

          If you’ve lost confidence in your car or you simply want to get a new one before Jack Frost makes his way to Michigan, visit cfcu.org/autoloans to see the competitive loan rates Community Financial offers as well as other helpful resources.

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