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It's time to winterize your vehicle!

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It may not feel like December, with our above average temperatures and lack of snow, but winter is just around the corner! Now is the perfect time for you to make sure your car is winter ready.

Something you may not know is that during freezing temperatures it's especially important to take an extra look at your car's hoses, making sure they're not swollen or feel "gummy". Experts say if you notice unusual swelling should take your car to the shop. 

One of the worst winter problems is a dead battery. Experts recommend taking your car to a local mechanic to get the battery checked to make sure it's strong enough to withstand cold weather.

Besides, always make sure you have washer fluid and replace any worn windshield blades.   

Finally, make sure your coolant level is at the manufacturer recommendation. The sooner the better, you don't want to be taken by surprise when the snow arrives!

"If you're going to take your car into the mountains to go skiing or snowshoeing you want to make sure your car is ready to go," said Autosmith Director of Business Services Jamie Dodd, "the number one call AAA gets is a dead battery." 

Plus, tires are one of the most important things. Most of us know about the penny test, but when that check tire pressure light comes on, here's something you may not know! To ensure your car has the proper pressure, you should look at the placard inside your door that tells you how much air your tires should have. Don't just rely on what's written on your tire because it's not specific to your car. 

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