With cold weather blanketing much of the country, here's ten easy steps you can take to make sure your car doesn't get you stranded and frozen on the side of the road this winter.
If you’re going to be traveling in an area where you’re at risk for severe wintry weather you should always travel with an emergency kit. You never know when telephone service will get knocked out and you will be left stranded. Here’s what a kit should include:
Antifreeze is fairly sweet because it keeps your coolant fluid from overheating and from freezing. As with most motor repairs, make sure you're not doing this while the car is still hot (otherwise you'll end up with a face full of hot stuff, become the Joker and terrorize Gotham City).
There's nothing worse than getting out on the freeway, getting slammed with a giant bug, and then flipping on the wipers only to have them spread what remains of the bug over the windshield. A good wiper blade with a full tank of washer fluid should fix this problem.
Having working lights, heat and defrosters are super important for the winter. Thankfully, checking these items is a fairly simple task. For the lights, have someone sit in the car and turn off and on all the blinkers, lights and high-beams while you walk around the vehicle to make sure everything works. For the…
A modern automobile engine features a large belt to power car accessories and keep important features like power steering and A/C running. To keep the engine running long enough to let you charge your iPod there are also a number of hoses providing coolant to the engine.
Checking the brakes isn't a complicated job and, if you have the right wheels, you may not even have to take anything off the car. This mini guide assumes that you're not having trouble with your brakes. If there's an issue stopping your car then yes, you probably have a brake issue. There are three areas you need to…
If you're not inclined towards doing the wrenching yourself, make sure your car has been recently tuned up by a trusted mechanic. Your Owner's Manual should tell you at what number of miles what checks should occur. Common tasks include: