Winter 2020

By every method of measurement, 2020 has been an unusually turbulent year. From Covid-19 and the widespread changes to almost all aspects of everyday life, the unprecedented number of wildfires, civil unrest with much of it centered in Portland, murder hornets, and now predictions for a winter more volatile that we've seen in a few years. It seems like the hits just keep coming.

You can minimize potential automotive issues over the winter by addressing some normal maintenance items and other specific things:

  • Battery
  • Tire pressure
  • Wiper blades and fluid
  • Engine oil
  • Coolant levels and systems
  • System checks
  • Vehicle tune up
  • Emergency kit

One of the most important safety measures is a full systems check. "Inspect your headlights, taillights, turn signals, rear-window defrosters, heating system, seat belts, and electronics. If there are any burnt out bulbs or broken parts, get it fixed before you get in an accident. You may want to consider replacing bulbs if they are dim.

You will also want to inspect your belts and hoses for wear and tear. Cold weather can cause on of your belts to snap, leaving you stranded on the road. If you notice any signs of damage, have them replaced."

Winter is coming, take the time now to prepare.

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