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Tips for preparing your car for the winter

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Don't let the calendar fool you, winter is here, and by the end of the week it's going to have a strong grip on Central Pennsylvania. That means getting your car ready for the cold temperatures is crucial.

CBS21 checked in with resident auto expert Eric Wirkus from kNOw Where to Jeep in Hanover, York County. He has a few simple things to check and do before the winter weather hits.

First, it's key to check some of the fluid levels in your car, especially the coolant and windshield wiper. There are two good choices to use for coolant which include a 50-50 mix of coolant and water or just the standard coolant. Make sure that you are using the proper kind for your car. A person should check the windshield wipers to make sure that they are good as well. If your current wipers are streaking, that's usually a telltale sign that they need to be changed.

Tire tread and pressure is another focal point for your car this time of year. Make sure you have the proper tire pressure, which can be found both on the car and on the inside door of the car. Also, tread life is important to manage. Use a penny to check and make sure that your tread life is enough for the winter. If you use that penny, it should cover the beginning of Abraham Lincoln's head and that way you know you have the right amount of tread left on your tires.

Finally, Wirkus recommends getting the undercarriage of your car cleaned at the end of the winter to ensure that rust is not an issue.


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