4) Check your battery and electrical systems. The normal reason why a car doesn’t start is because of a dead battery. You should actually check your battery regularly, but especially in the winter. Check the posts and connections of your battery to ensure that they are free of erosion and other debris. A way to check you battery is to turn your lights on before starting your car, if your lights get brighter once the engine has been started, you may need a more in depth battery test by a professional. Also, if you know that your battery is at least three years old, you will want to have a professional do the battery check. Be sure to replace any old, cracked, or damaged batteries no matter what.
prepare for winter Try to keep the car moving as smooth as possible, no sudden braking, no sudden steering. Looking ahead and planning ahead will reduce the risk of sudden braking.
«Too busy to take my time.» Late for a meeting? Kids waiting to be picked up? If you’re running late then keep calm. Better still, when bad weather closes in, try to allow extra time for winter journeys. Above all, keep safe.
Did you know that the coolant in your car does more than one job? Of course, it cools down your engine. But it also acts to protect your engine from corrosion. It’s good to use a coolant that has ethylene glycol in it during the winter months. The ration should be sixty percent coolant and forty percent water. If you have questions about this, check with the person who changes your oil. Remember, you are protecting an investment. The engine is the most expensive part to replace.
honda kent Mold and mildew growth can wreak havoc on any ipe deck. Mold grows in the tiny cracks and crevices in the wood and can lead to wood rot and structural damage. Clean your deck with mold-remover and you should be fine for the winter.
cars in winter Does your rain gutter or downspout have any cracks? If so, you will want to replace it with a seamless one right away. The cost is not too expensive and they are very durable and reliable!
First, start with the engine. If it wasn’t changed before the winter, change the engine oil. Check the out-drive oil as well to make sure everything is good there. You’ll also want to replace your oil filter while you are at it.
As I’ve said before, we live in a drafty, old house whose saving grace is that it’s in the middle of sixty private acres of woods and fields. Also on the property is a small building with two studio apartments in it, where my late mother lived until October of 2005. Now, we use it for storage and for a guesthouse, mostly in the summer. Although we installed a pellet stove three years ago, and although we keep the heat down to 68 in the daytime and 55 at night, and even lower at the apartment house, our oil bill is enormous and getting bigger with each winter.
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