Auto Checklist

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2001

In addition to having the proper tires, the following are other suggestions to prepare your vehicle for winter.

Check the air pressure in all of your tires and make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.

Have the chassis (the underbody or frame of your car) greased to prevent rusting.

Make sure there are no soft spots in the belts and no cracks in the hoses.

Run a bottle of Heet through the gas tank. This is an alcohol-based chemical that neutralizes water. Two types can be found in most auto parts stores or retail centers.

Service transmission and timing trains every three years or 30,000 miles. If this hasnt been done, now is the time to do it.

Service four-wheel drive front- and rear-differentials every 45,000 miles. Differentials are what keep the wheels turning independently of one another.

Make sure wipers are good. They should not be cracked or torn. Also, a window treatment is suggested to repel rain, sleet and snow from windshields.

Have headlights checked for proper alignment and good working bulbs.

Check the cars battery and clean any corrosion from the heads and connecting cables.

Have your engine tuned up. Check the spark plugs and air filter and replace them if necessary.

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