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Auto experts give tips on car preparation for upcoming winter chill

Auto experts give tips on car preparation for upcoming winter chill
Auto experts give tips on car preparation for upcoming winter chill
Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 13:40:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Most Floridians worry about their cars getting overheated much more than their cars reacting to the winter chill.

The unusually cold weather brings new problems for our vehicles.

Here's check list for your car before getting on the road on cold winter days:

Cold temperatures take a toll on our car's engine and add additional stress to your vehicle.There are several things you can do right now to keep your car running smoothly during the winter months.

Antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing on days when you feel like you're freezing.

The owner of Tommy's Auto Service & Repair Tommy Ritter recommends opening the cap on your radiator when it's not hot, and checking that you have high antifreeze levels.

Next, ensure your tires have good traction and pressure levels.

Ritter adds, the cold temperature change causes pressure to drop in the tires and you may see the light on in your car.

He says to check your oil levels and brake fluid levels to make sure your car operates properly.

If you need to check the traction on your tires, a trick is putting a penny into the tread. If half of Lincoln's head is not covered, it's probably time to replace your tires.

It's not a bad idea to take your car to local auto service shop now to get your car serviced to ensure you don't have any car issues during the upcoming cold days.